There are millions of Muslim and/or Arabic immigrants in the West, in both Europe and America. The ones that have embraced their new homes are not interested in joining ISIS or going on any suicide mission, with the key phrase being “new home.” Those that feel welcome, comfortable, and accepted in the West, are poor candidates for ISIS recruiting.
ISIS knows this, which is why their strategy is based on trying to drive a deep wedge between Westerners and the Muslim citizens of Western nations. Those who dismiss suicidal terrorist attacks as “self-defeating,” and who advocate retaliation against Muslims and Arabs, are an important part of ISIS’s hope for future recruiting within the borders of our various homelands.
Dr. Ben Carson, come on down.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Friday that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the United States should block refugees from the Middle East from coming to the United States…
“I would be working with our allies using every resource known to man in terms of economic resources, in terms of covert resources, overt resources, military resources, things that they don’t know about — resources,” he said. “In an attempt not to contain them but to eliminate them before they eliminate us. We have to recognize that the global Islamic movement is an existential threat — it’s very different than anything we’ve ever faced before.” [Emph. added.]
It’s just like Jesus used to say, “If any man smite thee on thy right cheek, eliminate him, his family, his neighbors, and anyone who shares his religious views, before they eliminate thee.”
This black-and-white, all-or-nothing mentality is exactly the world view shared by ISIS and other extremist groups. If enough Westerners embrace Carson’s views, and aren’t too picky about who they include as part of “the global Islamic movement,” and start working to “eliminate” everybody who might pose some kind of surreptitious Muslim threat, the comfortable millions of Muslims will become uncomfortable, fearful, and vulnerable. Ideal candidates for ISIS recruiting, in other words.
Nothing could be more devastating to ISIS plans than for the West to embrace its peace-loving Muslim citizens and join with them in denouncing this kind of racist, divisive, violent evil. Well, one thing, maybe: if the West could also find some way to scale back its relentless aggression and exploitation of the Middle East. But Carson’s plan to demonize all Middle Eastern refugees, and his implication that worldwide Islam is an “existential” threat to the West, does not bode well for the cause of peace.
It’s going to make great copy for those Internet recruiting ads though.