2015 -- First we see the FBI searching the lake to learn when the attackers
were radicalized and any accomplices. Then the New York Times headlines
(12/11/15): "Pentagon Seeks to Knit Foreign Bases Into ISIS-Foiling
Network". Then the New York Times headlines (12/13/15): "U.S.
VISA Process Missed Zealotry on Social Media". Then USA Today (12/14/15)
headlines: "A New Strategy to Strike at ISIL". Then Ian Bremmer
in Time Magazine (12/14/15) outlines six steps to defeat ISIS. Finally
this morning, the Wall Street Journal (12/16/15) headlines: "Saudis
Form Muslim Antiterrorism Bloc". This is defensive. All the Saudis
have to do is stop teaching violence against Christians and Jews.
keeps missing the point: there are two religions - two Muslim religions
- 1.) The vast majority of peaceful Muslims worshipping Mohammed without
violence and 2.) the second Muslim religion, which is called the pure
form, Salafi or Wahhabi form that is intolerant of other Muslims; teach
Jews and Christians are infidels, ought to be eliminated, ought to be
beheaded (Frontline 11/9/2001). The one Muslim religion is nonviolent
and the other that we call "extreme jihadist" that are taught
ninth grade in Saudi Arabia, pupils are forced to learn violence against
Jews and Christians. ISIS is only practicing what they learned in the
ninth grade. Tashfeen Malik learned her extremism and violence either
at the Wahabi schools in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. The Salafi or Wahhabi
schools are creating more ISIS than we can eliminate. The first step in
defeating ISIS is to get a commitment from the government in Saudi Arabia
and other countries to stop teaching violence against other religions.
Of course, they can teach religion, but not violence against other religions.
don't want to declare war against the Islam religion. That was Osama Bin
Laden's point. He felt that our support of Israel was the "Second
Crusade" against Islam. We've just about proved Osama's point. We
have troops on the ground in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Kosovo,
Kuwait, The Sinai, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United
Arab Emirates, and troops aboard ships in the Persian Gulf.
frustration of the American people is that we readily go to war in Korea,
Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, have troops all over the Mid-East, and now
hesitate looking for a Declaration of War from Congress and fiddle faddle
with the growing threat of ISIS. We keep toying around trying to form
a coalition of religions against each other when our troops could clean
up ISIS in four or five months.
Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina served 38 years in the United States Senate, and for many years was Chairman of the Commerce, Space, Science & Transportation Committee. He is the author of Making Government Work (University of South Carolina Press, 2008).
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