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Passion and Patience
But all the puffery looks less impressive when you see a video like the one I saw recently. Several of these great warriors stand in a street looking and sounding very lost, as down at the end of the block, what is left of a vehicle blazes away. It's blazing because a couple minutes earlier, one of the jihadists' bomb experts and a couple of his pals were in that vehicle when a missile came out of the sky, with no warning whatever, and hit them with twenty pounds or so of high explosive.
I think the great warriors would seem much less invincible if, one night, heavy U.S. bombers destroyed every bridge in every city they occupy without even seeming to exert much effort. They would seem even more vulnerable if, several nights later, these aircraft blew up water utilities in all those places. There might be a pause of a couple weeks to let these lessons sink in on the inhabitants who are sheltering these jihadists, and then, one night, all the petroleum refineries, say, put out of commission. One night later still, all the electricity might go down in Raqaa, and Mosul, and Ramadi, and Tikrit, and every other place they claim to control, or the rail lines or airports serving these places made inoperable, or the gas or telephone utilities shut down.
It would soon become clear to everyone watching this steady, relentless crippling that behind their bravado, the supposedly all-powerful jihadists were in fact the "weak horse"--that they could do absolutely nothing to stop it. We should not wring our hands about whether the predominantly Sunni populations in these places would resent the United States for this kind of thing. What is important is that the jihadists in Iraq and Syria should not be allowed to look like they are thumbing their noses at this country, and getting away with it. It is exactly that perception which contributes to the jihadists' prestige and appeal.
I say all this because it's what I think should be done--not because I harbor any illusions that this sorry excuse for a president will ever go much beyond the pinpricks he's confined himself to so far. He doesn't give a damn how many innocent people these rats murder. All he cares about is appearing to do something, while doing nothing that counts much.
If European nations were to attack ISIS or Al Qaeda in the Middle East then the Fifth Columns in Europe would strike quickly at their host nations. This, I believe, is why Europeans are so reluctant to get involved in fighting ISIS. Either way they are going to lose.
1.) What is it going to take for the UK, or, in a broader sense, for Europe, to start realizing that JUST PERHAPS the whole idea of taking millions upon millions of muslim immigrants in to your country and then not requiring them to assimilate in any meaningful manner MIGHT have some tricky consequences?
2.) Bye bye, Jihadi John. Or Muhammed Emzawaski or however you say it. Nice knowing you. I put the over/under at about 3 years until this guy is confirmed dead. Just that they know his name is a death sentence. They got to Sadaam, they got to Osama, they'll get this little nobody.