Having a bake sale to solve world hunger is theoretically a nice idea nut realistically an exercise in futility. It seems expecting anyone in the Obama Administration to understand reality is a similar exercise.
In an interview with Chris Matthews, Maria Harf, deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State, suggested a better way of dealing with ISIS or Islamist militants is to focus on root causes. Rather than focusing on a military solution, she thinks ensuring enough job opportunities exists for young Islamic people will dissuade them from joining radical groups.
Her exact quote was: “We cannot kill our way out of this war.” We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs.”
Right. And I’m sure she’d apply the same logic to preventing young people from joining gangs in America. It’s funny, but I do not see many gang bangers giving up their way of life for a job at McDonalds.
Theory and reality are two different things but that small detail seems to escape her and all the academics that infiltrate the Democratic Party. Extremists, by the very nature of the term, think radically different than “normal” people. Islamist Extremists believe themselves to be on a mission from God. If that is the case, I do not think most of them will take a hiatus from creating terror to earn minimum wage.
For the most part, they would have to take menial jobs because what kind of sellable skills can they offer an employer not in the demolition business? Why would a self-proclaimed Jihadist decide to change careers to make more money and have a longer life expectancy? I mean, most of their hatred towards the West is what they perceive to be our decadent lifestyle.
If that is the case, how did we get to be decadent? We earned money. So why would they become what they learned to hate. It doesn’t make sense and neither does Harf’s argument.
In typical Liberal fashion, Harf positioned herself above the rest of great unwashed by defending her comments after coming under fire for her remarks. She said her comments “may be to nuanced” for her critics.
Being a gang member is a way of life. They will not change a way of life until they are forced to make changes because changing their lifestyle is better and healthier for them. An extremist is not going to give up his cause until he succeeds or dies. When faced with that type of logic there is only one incentive that works. Deter younger candidates from taking up the cause by showing them the consequences of poking the bear.
I like the approach General John. J. Pershing. Legend has it that in 1911 in the Philippines Gen. Pershing was in command of the garrison. There had been numerous Islamic terrorist attacks, so the general had his men find the perpetrators and teach them a lesson.
He forced about 50 Islamists to dig their own graves and then tied the terrorists were to posts, execution style. The US soldiers then brought in pigs and slaughtered them, rubbing their bullets in the blood and fat. In short, General Pershing terrorized the terrorists. They saw they would be contaminated with hogs’ blood meaning they cannot enter Heaven if they died as terrorist martyrs.
All but one was shot, their bodies dumped into the grave, and the hog guts dumped atop the bodies. The lone survivor was allowed to escape back to the terrorist camp and tell his brethren what happened to the others. This brought a stop to terrorism in the Philippines for the next 50 years.
Pointing a gun into the face of Islamic terrorists won’t make them flinch. They welcome the chance to die for Allah. Like Gen. Pershing, we must terrorize them so the younger generation fears joining the movement.
In a perfect world we would not have to resort to these tactics. We are not in a perfect world so we should tale an imperfect approach to solve the issue. I’d rather that than some idyllic, theoretic hogwash.