Friday, July 17, 2015

Give me jobs or give me ISIS

“We have to address the youth in the region with jobs and opportunity and a better vision for the future so that they are not tempted by the nihilistic, violent, dead end that organizations like ISIL offer.” –President Obama, July 15, 2015

War is bloody, and President Obama faints at the sight of blood. He’s more interested in the “causes” of evil, because evil doesn’t compute in his secular materialist universe. It’s like dividing by zero. Evil has to be something other than what it is. In his thinking, it’s material grievance, cured by Keynesian stimulus. But that doesn’t mean he won’t take credit for killing Osama bin Laden or Anwar al-Awlaki if it improves his brand with voters.

Hence the Iran deal’s bizarre economic aid package, a 180-degree reversal from 9 years of sanctions. Prosperity matures the spirit, so it goes. Or, in truth, just as easily corrupts it as everything else. A job is a means to an end, it doesn’t supplant an animating ideology like Islam. The 9/11 hijackers were upper-middle-class college graduates. The more contact they had with Western prosperity, the more they hated the West.

“Ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas,” said Obama on another occasion recently, totally ignoring how the Soviet Union was contained, Israel survives, and ISIS persecutes minority Christians. Ivory tower nonsense like this is how people get slaughtered. Evil goes unchecked while the mighty formulate vain arguments and weak rationalizations. Evil is evil. Render their souls unto God and do your secular duty to protect the innocent.

George W. Bush put it well in his 2008 address to Israel’s Knesset, one of his finest speeches:

That is why the founding charter of Hamas calls for the “elimination” of Israel. That is why the followers of Hezbollah chant “Death to Israel, Death to America!” That is why Osama bin Laden teaches that “the killing of Jews and Americans is one of the biggest duties.” And that is why the president of Iran dreams of returning the Middle East to the Middle Ages and calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.

There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain their words away. This is natural. But it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: “Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.” We have an obligation to call this what it is—the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history. (Emphasis added)

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