Stung by criticism that he has no strategy for confronting ISIS, President Obama told his hastily convened “summit on violent extremism” that what these young men need is jobs.
Presumably, there are shovel-ready jobs these young terrorists could readily perform. Like grave-digging?
Has there ever been a more fatuous response to murderous savagery? Yes. At the beginning of World War II, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ordered the Royal Air Force (RAF) to bomb Nazy Germany — with leaflets. He ordered young RAF flight crews to risk their lives in order to drop German-language appeals to the people in Hitler’s Reich. When one bombardier failed to cut the strings tying up one of these propaganda bundles, he was sharply rebuked: “That bundle could have killed someone on the ground!”
Chamberlain has gone down in history as the arch-appeaser. He seemed utterly blind to the rising storm of Nazi fury, and to the mortal threat it posed to England. Sixty thousand Britons died in the Blitz. The Luftwafffe didn’t fool around with dropping leaflets. Hitler’s air force dropped deadly bombs, including an especially cruel kind — those with delayed action fuses. These insidious weapons were designed to terrorize quiet English villages and demoralize the British population.
These terror weapons called for a new, more manly response. By the time the bombs rained down, the hapless Chamberlain had been tossed out of office and replaced by Winston Churchill. It was Churchill who had been warning all through the 1930s that hate-filled killers like the Nazis could not be appeased. Churchill responded to the devilish ingenuity of the Germans’ delayed fuse bombs by creating the Bomb Disposal Unit of the Royal Engineers. Their story of heroism in the face of death was dramatized in the BBC series, “Danger: UXB.” (Unexploded Bomb). Danger UXB signs cropped up all over London and many a British city and town.
Perhaps we should put a Danger UXB sign up outside the State Department. President Obama’s violent extremism summit included members of Muslim Brotherhood front groups. The Muslim Brotherhood was a twin of the Nazis. It survived WWII, and it has brought forward into our time the Nazis’ violent Jew hatred. They called it Judenhass and it was the propellant for those bombs and rockets.
President Obama told the summit participants that ISIS murderers “crave legitimacy.” So what does he do? He calls them ISIL — their preferred term for themselves — meaning Islamic State in the Levant. The Levant includes all of Lebanon, most of Syria, much of Iraq, and, of course, all of Israel. By using that term, President Obama has given ISIS the legitimacy he says they must not have.