by Christopher W. Holton
Linked below is a video from Bloomberg News about the expanding global threat from the Islamic State.
While the video acknowledges that attacks attributed to supporters of the Islamic State or Islamic State Jihadis themselves have accelerated and expanded around the world, it totally ignores Islamic doctrine in drawing a conclusion based upon the spin of the Obama administration.
That spin, echoed by the video, maintains that the reason the Islamic State is carrying out attacks in places like San Bernardino, California and Paris is because the Islamic State is losing in Iraq and Syria. So, the absurd narrative goes, the more attacks around the world that occur, the closer we are to victory.
This is but the latest miscalculation from the Obama administration in failing to deal with the threat of the Islamic State since June 2014 and we hear it all the time from Obama’s hapless Secretary of State, John Kerry.
Numerous and frequent attacks in the West are far from a sign of weakness. They aren’t being carried out because the Islamic State is on the cusp of defeat. These are not acts of desperation.
What the attacks in places like Nice, Stuttgart and Orlando reflect is the growing and expanding influence of the Islamic State caliphate. Individual Muslims are rising up and committing acts of Jihad in the name of the Islamic State and in response to calls from the Islamic State.
Before the caliphate was declared in June of 2014, such calls for Jihad went mostly ignored. Osama Bin Laden, for all his notoriety and fame in the Islamic world in the wake of 9/11, was not able to inspire Muslims to rise up and commit acts of Jihad.
Today, the once obscure Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has proclaimed himself the caliph and in so doing has, by Islamic law, been able to inspire individual Muslims to commit horrible acts of violent Jihad.
It has nothing to do with what is going on in Iraq and Syria. They mean to bring the war to us and they are doing so. That is not a sign of defeat and no matter how much Obama, Kerry and Bloomberg News try to spin current events, the truth shows up in the form of another Jihadi attack somewhere in the West every 3 days or so–an unprecedented pace.