Battles against ISIS can be won, but what about the war?

Not a week goes by anymore without the world being affected by radical Islam. The latest victim of this barbaric, medieval ideology, was Berlin, Germany. In a scenario similar to the one that took place in Nice, France on July 14, 2016, a terrorist drove a truck through a crowded Christmas market, killing 12 and wounding 49. Anis Amri, the Tunisian immigrant who attacked the Christmas market was caught and shot as he was on the run in Italy. He had sought asylum in Germany a few years ago but was denied because of possible ties with radical Islam.

Just days prior, Andrey Karlov, the Russian Ambassador in Turkey, was shot seven times in public in Ankara, while the Turkish shooter screamed Allahu Akbar (God is great) in Arabic, followed by “Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” The shooter was a Turkish police officer, casting a lot of doubt on how Turkey and many other countries vet their police, military and government workers.

These two terrorist attacks took place within a week. Many more reports could be added to them as the world continues to be plagued by Islamic terror. The Islamic State seems to be the ideological thread between these violent murders across the planet. Their grip on Western civilization isn’t weakening, even if parts of the Middle East that they had taken are now taken back. The Middle East crisis with ISIS is just the tip of the iceberg. Sure they hate Israel and the Jews. They are indoctrinated at an early age to believe that Jews are “pigs and monkeys” deserving death. But their grip goes much deeper than boots on the ground in a couple of strategic places in the Middle East. Are we looking at a different kind of caliphate?

Islamic State murders: By now, it is beyond obvious that the Islamic State will stop at nothing to further its apocalyptic agenda. It has been very violent and has graphically proven to the world that its murderous creativity is relentless. They will kill in many ways using men, women AND children to further their agenda of death. Suicide bombers are modern day kamikazes seeking Islamic bliss in paradise by killing more infidels. The culture of death that drives ISIS seems unstoppable against a world that values and respect life.

Islamic State infiltrates: If–as everything seems to lead to– the Russian Ambassador shooter had a connection to ISIS, now we have an Islamist radical who infiltrated the Turkish police. ISIS’ most successful method of infiltration has been through the recent various waves of refugees especially in Europe. The November 2015 Bataclan massacre in Paris was facilitated by the migrant crisis ebb and flow throughout Europe. At least one of the protagonists came to Paris through that venue and they will continue to do so all over the world until better vetting systems are in place, using our political correctness to their lethal advantage.

Islamic State recruits: They will actually pay people money to recruit for them. The shift in terrorism recruitment that started to take place with ISIS is the fact that the recruiters do not only target males. Females and children are now part of the ongoing Islamic State strategy for recruitment. For reasons that remain hard to figure out, they also have been rather successful at recruiting Westerners. This makes profiling much more complicated. Social media has also been a very fruitful platform for radical Islam recruiting. Twitter and Facebook still have a long way to go in helping with the eradication of Internet terrorism. We still see accounts being suspended for promoting “Islamophobia” and accounts remaining open that clearly promote antisemitism and killing of Jews amongst other things. Double standards seem at play on the social networks.

Islamic State inspires: But the most dangerous aspect of the Islamic State is the fact that even outside of infiltrating or recruiting, they inspire! Their apocalyptic ideology of death is inspiring people to act on their behalf even without having been trained in Syria or elsewhere. Their magazines are polished and attractive. The attraction to ISIS is puzzling to most Westerners yet it is real. That is one of the major strength of the Islamic State, even though they will probably never establish any kind of global caliphate geographically speaking, they are establishing a virtual caliphate at a faster pace! This is what I believe will make the war against ISIS virtually impossible to win. but nobody can predict an attack like the killing of the French priest in Normandy. One of his killers had tried to enter Syria unsuccessfully and yet he bought into the ISIS ideology remotely…enough to murder an innocent old man who was not threat to Islam whatsoever. This is our challenge!

I am afraid that the war against ISIS and any other sort of Islamic apocalyptic ideology like Al-Qaeda or Boko Haram will be a very long war for the West to fight. The old optimistic adage of “losing the battle but winning the war” has been reversed for our generation. I am convinced that we will successfully win many battles against Islamic terrorism but we might never win the war!

About the Author
Olivier was born in Paris, France in 1959 to a Jewish family whose mother had escaped and survived the Holocaust. He has a background in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Paris. Moved to the United States in 1985 after getting married. Olivier settled on the West coast with his wife where both of their children were born. He joined Chosen People Ministries in 1997 where he currently serves as the Northwest Regional Director as well as Vice-President of the "Berger d'Israël" association in France. Olivier is the author of two books on anti-Semitism available at www.newantisemitism.com.
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