The World’s War against ISIS

Islamic terror has shocked the Western world, and has instilled fear in the hearts of leaders in the Levant. The shock of a beheading is equivalent to the destruction of the Twin Towers in the US. The shock at the deed itself, its audacity, and its defiance – made the world respond.

Apparently, the crimes of ISIS are the tip of the iceberg of incomprehensibly cruel and inhumane behavior, which derives from not only the horrible act, but also from its staging and distribution to the public throughout the world. Apparently, only recently, global terror in its many forms has committed acts that are no less heinous and cruel than beheadings.

In Nigeria, Muslim terror groups have kidnapped hundreds of girls and sold them into slavery and prostitution. Human trafficking, which we believed had been eradicated, is common today in areas countries that are controlled by Islamic terror groups.
The war in Syria is a terror war that has cost 200,000 lives and created millions of refugees. This was still does not have the world’s agreement on identity of the major perpetrator. Consequently, the world has yet to intervene to stop the bloodshed.
For years, innocent bystanders from both sides of the conflict are being killed in Iraqi mosques, in the streets of Baghdad and other cities, while newspaper headlines rarely deal with these incidents of mayhem and murder. Libya, which was one of the countries prevented Africans from migrating to Europe en masse, was destroyed as a state, and the militia groups that control it now commit murder indiscriminately, and enable the flow of people to Europe. No one is doing anything to stop this outburst of terror, which is linked to other terrorist activities elsewhere in the world. The Hezbollah terror organization, which enjoys the protection of the Lebanese government and the support of Iran, is not just a bona fide terror organization. It is taking an active part in the civil war in Syria, and is a not-so-junior partner in the hundreds of thousands of dead and millions of refugees in that country. The horrors of that war are trickling into Lebanon, and war threats are being heard at Israel’s northern border.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has built a reign of terror in the Sinai, which is circulating its ideas in the region, and perpetrating acts of beheadings, murdering Egyptian soldiers, supplying arms to terror groups, and smuggling weapons and drugs to all forces of evil in the Middle East. Hamas, an adjunct terrorist organization to the Muslim Brotherhood, has shamelessly bragged about its military capabilities and its rockets aimed and fired at Israeli civilians, has raised the flag of armed resistance and jihad, and is committed to the annihilation of the State of Israel.

Therefore, when the leadership of the free world announces that it is forming a coalition to fight ISIS – it seems to be too little too late. There is no great message there. However, what is worrying about the announcement, which is the outcome of global discussions among the members of the ‘World Coalition against ISIS’ is the fact that the world is dealing with the symptoms, and is ignoring the terminal illness called global terror.

The phenomenon of terrorist organizations at the present is different from the sporadic terrorist activities that the world had known previously. Today, terror is a weapon employed by countries that are accepted in human society, and are trying to forge their place among global leadership. There would be no Islamic terror without backing. Turkey is undergoing an ideological revolution that represents the world of the Muslim Brotherhood. It attempts to act as a modern Western state, but has long since changed. It no longer upholds the promise given by the Young Turks and their leader, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who pledged that after 600 years of Turkish imperialistic influence, Turkey would advocate the principles of freedom from religious fundamentalism and be a secular state that reaches out to democracy and Western culture. Today, Turkey is turning its back on secularism, democracy, and the promise never to return to the legacy of the religious imperialistic caliphate. It is reverting to it with even more extreme force than was characteristic of religious Turkey prior to Atatürk.

Turkey was one of the truest friends of Libya and its ruler, Muammar Gaddafi. They had an economic pact, and Gaddafi invested billions of dollars in the Turkish economy in an attempt to bring modernization to the Libyan desert-state. However, when Gaddafi started to modify his extremist worldview, divested his threats to arm his country with nuclear weapons, and found paths to integrate with the Western world in an attempt to modernize his country, his former ally Turkey, led by Tayyip Erdoğan, turned on him. Turkey supported the revolution, encouraged NATO behind the scenes to attack (but refused to participate in the attack), and eventually brought about the bloody revolution in Libya, which included the brutal public lynching of Gaddafi and the destruction of a country that would have been the greatest beneficiary of westernization.

Colonel Gaddafi was the first Arab leader who tried to take over the leadership of the modern Arab world from the mythological Gamal Abdel-Nasser of Egypt. Gaddafi was eliminated by the very person who covets the leadership of the Muslim world, Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey. Another country that has its sights on leadership of the Muslim world is Qatar, which has established the most powerful communications network in the world, and has spent vast sums of money to buy influence in the Western world. All of which has enabled Qatar to undermine the countries in this region and to terrify the Western economies with which it is cooperating.

Qatar sided with the Muslim Brotherhood to ensure Turkey’s silence during the coup in Egypt against Mubarak’s regime. It backed the religious leader, Sheikh Qaradawi, who has been in hiding in Qatar for years, encouraged him to support the revolution in Egypt, and desperately tried to prevent the counterrevolution of Free Egypt headed by El-Sisi. Qatar was among the main supporters of the rebel organizations in Syria, instigating the waves of terror in that country, and the establishment of ISIS. However, the world is overlooking the fact that ISIS grew with the help of Qatari money (and the support of the Muslim Brotherhood).

Qatar, together with Iran, has funded the arming of Hamas and the establishment of Sunni terror systems throughout the world, and has proven that where terror is concerned – even sworn enemies across the Sunni-Shiite divide can cooperate if they have shared interests.
The only conclusion one can draw from these facts is that no fight against terrorism can succeed unless the disease in its entirety is treated. These countries have been trying to find their way into the elite world rule, the global decision-making foci, and to create a new world order. These countries are not only about terrorism but also about demographic processes that change the social fabric in various countries of the world, and disrupt the governing order throughout the world.

The fight against terror organizations is indeed important, but it must also be deep, long, and thorough. Various countries have been experiencing various internal upheavals because of the hundreds of thousands immigrants from the Middle East, who change the social fabric in their host countries. Traditional countries are about to lose parts of their territories in lieu of the social unrest that has been instigated by the new journalism and social networks. Today’s revolutions are the outcome of in-depth planning, and are much more systematic than mere sporadic terror attacks. It is an organized doctrine enforced by unlimited financial means in various countries, which find themselves suddenly in a different reality from the one they have always known. Terror is dangerous, it is murderous, and it is brutal, but what is standing behind it is more dangerous and more complex. The newly formed coalitions do not deal with the roots of the problem, but only with its visible derivatives, nor do they fathom the depths of the danger. The attack on the Western world and its culture, structure, and form is not beginning now. It is already in its midst, and the great danger to our world lies in not seeing clearly the extent of the danger and its implications to our future.

The coalition must include all of those who believe that the values of the free world, its culture, democratic principles, and ways of life are an asset that must be defended at any cost, and not abandon its defense to the flaccidity and inertness that have so far been evident in dealing with these attacks.

About the Author
Dr David Altman is senior vice-president at the Netanya Academic College and vice-chair of the college's Strategic Dialogue Center