Evidently ISIS plans to wipe out all of us, starting with those in the Middle East, those of other religions, all atheists, and those who don’t subscribe to their particular brand of Islam.
At least that’s what a German reporter claims. He was permitted to be embedded in the Islamic State for 10 fun-filled days. Well, that must have been more fun than a barrel of severed heads.
According to 74-year-old reporter Jurgen Todenhofer, ISIS is deadly serious and truly believes they can actually win the fight against the infidels. Todenhofer told ABC News that “The IS fighters are much smarter and more dangerous than our leaders believe. In the Islam State, there is an almost palpable enthusiasm and confidence of victory, which I have not seen in many war zones.” He added: “They are extremely brutal. I’m talking about the strategy of religious cleansing. They are talking about 500 million people who have to die.”
And why wouldn’t they be extremely confident, knowing that Western politicians lack the courage and will to do what is truly necessary to stop them.
Todenhofer said that “The West underestimated the risk posed by IS dramatically,” and that the Islamic State is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West has estimated.
The German reporter explained their plan for genocide: “The IS wants to kill all nonbelievers and apostates and enslave their women and children. All Shiites, Yazidi, Hindus, atheists and polytheists should be killed. Hundreds of millions of people are to be eliminated in the course of this religious cleansing. All moderate Muslims who promote democracy, should be killed. Because, from the IS perspective, they promote human laws of the laws of God. This also applies to — after a successful conquest — the democratically minded Muslims in the Western world.”
But what of the Obama grand strategy of airstrikes? We’ve heard that they have been vastly effective — that they halted the expansion of ISIS, turning the tide — driving ISIS out of Iraq.
Well, the reporter claims that this is not the case — that the three major cities in Iraq controlled by ISIS have “been largely spared” from airstrikes because of concerns over civilian casualties and collateral damage.
Take for example, the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, second only to Baghdad. Todenhofer wrote that “The city ofMosul, with a population of 3 million, for example, is controlled by IS with about 5000 fighters. To crush them with bombs means reducing all of Mosul to rubble and killing tens of thousands of civilians.”
So in other words, with no or insufficient ground forces and a very limited air campaign, there is simply no defeating this group. It can’t be done, and ISIS can only be contained for so long.
I’m not advocating for ground forces or even a heavier air campaign. I just don’t know enough about the actual situation over there. No civilian does, and we will never get an honest assessment from this administration.
I’m not sure if this is really our fight at this time, or any time. The Europeans and other Middle Eastern countries should be waging this war — or at least paying 100% of the cost of our bombing campaign.
Yet this is how we wage war today. We fight not to lose and then go home. For decades now it’s worked well enough — for the enemy left behind has been content to remain within its own borders.
ISIS however, has no borders. It is a virus that will just keep spreading if left unchecked — and by unchecked I mean wiped out.