(Col Sellin) ~ “Special operations chief does not understand ISIS by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD January 2, 2015″
Special operations chief does not understand ISIS
Major General Michael K. Nagata is commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in the Middle East and is in charge of a Pentagon mission that will train and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (IS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Nagata assembled an unofficial group of consultants outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration to answer the question; what makes the ISIS so dangerous?
“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” Nagata said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”
The general said, “They are drawing people to them in droves. There are I.S. T-shirts and mugs” and asked “What makes I.S. so magnetic, inspirational?”
The answer is simple – they have been winning. Few people buy T-shirts and mugs of losing sports teams.
In addition, ISIS has a simple and uncompromising message, one that often resonates with the alienated, aimless or unsuccessful.
For disaffected Muslims, ISIS can represent a form of Islamic glamour that fills an emotional need both for purpose and redemption; it is an opportunity to belong and win; it provides a powerful enticement to live out a fantasy of revenge for past insults projected onto the form of present helpless victims.
The core of ISIS, however, is pure Jihad.
ISIS’ tactics may resemble those of the Mafia, the intimidation, the brutality and its criminal activities like bank heists, extortion, robberies, and smuggling; but they all can be construed as in line with Sharia-adherent practices regarding Jihad.
“There is ample jurisprudence regarding the disposition of the spoils of war. For example, Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib Al-Misri, which includes legal rulings for both the personal booty of fighters who have slain an enemy and may take what he possessed for themselves (Book O. Justice, O.10.2) and for the collective use of spoils of war in order to pay for items of importance for the cause of the Islamic state such as, “fortify[ing] defense on the frontiers, salaries for Islamic judges, muezzins, and the like:” (Book 0. Justice 0.10.3)”
The “Mafia” tactics of killing or kidnapping for ransom are all permitted under the Sharia during jihad. Al-Misri notes (Book 0 Justice O.9.14):
“When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests and decides between the prisoner’s death, slavery, release without paying anything or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy.”
What makes ISIS dangerous is not unique in history. The most harm of all is done when power is in the hands of people who are absolutely persuaded of the purity of their instincts and of the purity of their intentions. Lenin was a man whose intentions may or may not have been good, but he was completely persuaded that he was right and he was willing to use all methods to achieve his aims. Mussolini was much less of a danger because he was an opportunist. He didn’t really believe what he was saying. He was willing to be bribed by whoever would bribe him the most. In contrast, Hitler was a sincere fanatic; he believed in what he was doing and he did far greater harm.
What makes ISIS different is that, although it has similar geopolitical aspirations, its instincts and intentions are believed to be divinely-inspired.
What hampers our ability to understand and combat ISIS is, quite frankly, political correctness, which eschews uncomfortable and inconvenient facts and forces the type of analysis that inevitably leads to the often heard excuse about every U.S. enemy in the age of liberalism – that ISIS “cannot be defeated militarily.”
Perhaps the Obama Administration can save us by creating a social media algorithm to dampen the enthusiasm for the T-shirts and mugs?
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “. He receives email at email@example.com.
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When terrorists look in the rear view mirror after their latest slaughterhouse jihad in any land, they clearly see the cowardice of all western leaders and plenty of opportunities in what millennials would call ‘wiggle room’.
Aware right down to their AK-47 tingling trigger fingers, the terrorists of today and tomorrow know that they will never be I’D’d as ‘terrorists’ because the leaders of the countries they strike will never allow the populations of their countries to call terrorism, terrorism.
How they must have joked and laughed in the safety of their mountain cave camps when tough guy Barack Obama called the “Allahu Akbar”- shouting terrorist at Fort Hood’ s crystal clear act of horrific terrorism ‘workplace violence’ rather than what it was.
‘Workplace violence’ opened the door for the expression “lone wolf ”and the almost as ubiquitous “a few deranged individuals”, and “a deeply disturbed individual”, or those whose lawyers spare them the death penalty by pleading insanity on their behalf.
“It is pretty obvious that the perpetrator was a deeply disturbed individual, a long history of crime, a long history of mental instability and infatuation with extremism. It’s interesting that the ISIL death cult seems to attract people like that. I refuse to use the term Islamic State and I would strongly caution anyone, anywhere, from using that term because that exults a movement which has nothing to do with any real religion and is a travesty of a true and just state. It is very wrong to identify the death cult that the individual concerned tried to associate himself with; it is very wrong to identify that death cult with any community or with any faith. The phrase that I like to refer to, uttered by my friend, Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia of the ISIL death cult: it’s against God, it’s against religion, it’s against humanity,” Abbott stated.
One would think that Abbott was running for election rather than slamming the door on terrorism on Australian soil.
He’s not the only Western leader furiously poring over the lexicon to try find cover for the word ‘terrorism’.
There’s the wishy-washy toward terrorism German Chancellor Angela Merkel:
“German officials are tangled up in knots over Islamic State. While they recognize the threat, there has been little appetite over the years to clamp down on jihadist networks in the country. In short, Berlin’s lax policies toward terrorist groups have contributed to its Islamic State crisis. (Long War Journal))
“It is worth recalling that Hezbollah’s so-called political wing is legal in the country. According to Germany’s national domestic intelligence report covering 2013, and published in June 2014, Hezbollah has 950 active members in the Federal Republic. There are also roughly 6,300 radical Islamists in Germany who are supporters of the Sunni branch of Salafism, Interior Minister de Maiziere said last week. Many of these Salafists are connected to the ideologies of al Qaeda, Shabaab, or the Islamic State.
“Germany’s latest domestic intelligence report described the growth of Salafists as the most “dynamic Islamic movement” in Germany.”
How often have we heard in the direct aftermath of the latest terrorist attack: “We shouldn’t rush to conclusions”?
Abbott, Merkel and Obama merely frustrate their populations when they defiantly refuse to call terrorism out for what it truly is, but their lack of courage and truth in identification not only enables, but encourages further acts of terrorism by showing the we-don’t-fight-back weakness of the terrorists’ enemies.
Terrorists who catch up on the news on the Net are as much online as are politicians and Hollywood stars. There is ample proof that they do most of their recruiting online.
Political hacks like Lois Lerner take the Fifth to keep the truth about IRS corruption out of the public limelight, terrorists take to Twitter, and star behind masks in YouTube beheadings that go viral.
Terrorists can proceed with the kind of confidence that comes from knowing that as………………
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Leveraging internecine Islamists in the battle against ISIS by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD ~ Family Security Matters
Leveraging internecine Islamists in the battle against ISISby LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD November 12, 2014
Internecine – adjective of, relating to, or involving conflict within a group; mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter.
“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”
“It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL and known by the Arabic acronym “Daʿish”, is a Sunni, extremist, jihadist army and self-proclaimed Islamic State IS and caliphate.ISIS has made a friend of horror; we fear it and they know it.
That is, to become insurgents inside the insurgency, controlling events rather than reacting to them. We need to disconnect the dots, to disrupt the various insurgent networks, sow confusion and disorder among them and isolate them from the people.
Sometimes doing nothing about locally generated animosities or even leveraging them may be part of that equation [emphasis added].”…………..
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The new Rand Paul vs. the old Rand PaulThe Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Doyle McManusPosted on 10/25/2014, 3:44:24 PM by 2ndDivisionVetRand Paul, the heretofore libertarian senator from Kentucky, gave a foreign policy speech to Republican grandees in New York last week with a clear message:
I’m not an isolationist like my dad..The senator’s peppery father, the thoroughly libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, hardly ever saw a U.S. military intervention he liked. He said George W. Bush’s war in Iraq was nuts, suggested that the United States could live with a nuclear Iran and thought stationing U.S. troops overseas was just an expensive way to invite trouble.
On Thursday evening in a Manhattan ballroom, Sen. Paul, a probable GOP candidate for president in 2016, declared himself an advocate of “conservative realism” and named as his models Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower and even on free trade, not military adventures George W. Bush.“The war on terror is not over, and America cannot disengage from the world,” Paul said.
Speaking in a way likely to make Dad shudder, he called military force “indispensable … when vital American interests are attacked and threatened,” and said he supports airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but not arming Syrian rebels, whom he considers unreliable.But the most intriguing aspect of the speech wasn’t Paul’s attempt to distance himself from his father; it was his attempt to distance himself from himself….
Excerpt Read more at latimes.com …
Obama worried about the identities of millions being wiped out but still teeing upCanada Free Press ^ | 10/13/14 | Judi McLeodPosted on 10/13/2014, 1:49:27 PM by Sean_Anthony
Al Gore lays claim to having created the Internet but Barack Obama always knew best how to actually game it
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Lyndon LaRouche says that we are on the verge of a total genocide of the population of the Middle East and beyond | Politics
Before It’s NewsLaRouche: We Are On the Verge of Genocide
On Friday night, as the report came in that ISIS now controls at least 40% of the Syrian city of Kobane, Lyndon LaRouche stated that we are on the verge of a total genocide of the population of the Middle East and beyond.
This is about to happen within weeks if not sooner. The genocide will not be limited to the Kurds in Kobane. The genocide is being perpetrated in the entire region.Under these conditions, the nations which can resist this genocide will have to fight. And this will be a very brutal war.
Crazed Sniperism….. ~ “They’ll fry you if you’re wrong,” the spotter says as Kyle’s haunted eyes focus on his target, and his finger prepares to pull the trigger….”…………… – LewRockwell.com
……….The teaser clip shows Kyle and his spotter doing overwatch as a Marine patrol occupies a devastated Iraqi neighborhood, kicking in doors in pursuit of local residents who might pose problems for the foreign military force that had invaded their country in an act of criminal aggression.
Kyle notices a woman and a young child emerging from a building. The woman hands the child an object that appears to be a grenade. As Kyle draws bead on the youngster, the viewer is shown a brief montage of scenes of the sniper at home with his lovely wife and beautiful children, briefly interrupted by a shot of Kyle surrounded by flag-draped coffins.