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ISIS: Isolating Evil

jihadistIf I read everything the lovely Ellison Barber recommends, I wouldn’t get any blogging done or be able to read the really important stuff, like Nelson De Mille and Michael Connelly.

Still, she nailed it yesterday.

Ellison Barber, Free Beacon:

My must read of the day is “The Islamic State is evil returned,” by Richard Cohen, in the Washington Post:

Amis leads us to Levi’s book “The Truce” and a passage he had not seen before. Levi had made his peace with not understanding. “Perhaps one cannot,” Levi wrote, “what is more one must not, understand what happened, because to understand is almost to justify.”

You see this happening now. The atrocities of the Islamic State are attributed to the Iraq war and what it did to the region. In the current edition of Foreign Affairs, John J. Mearsheimer, a University of Chicago political scientist, attributes Vladimir Putin’s bad behavior to the West’s bad strategy. “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault,” it is titled. Putin is almost entirely effect. Everyone else is cause.

Putin is certainly no Hitler (or Stalin). But the category of evil remains useful. It assigns agency where it belongs. The decapitation of Foley and the depredations of the Islamic State are evil returned, evil that can be understood only as beyond understanding. It needs to be eliminated. More than Foley was killed that day in the desert. So was the why.

I was watching Morning Joe, earlier today, and Joe Scarborough made the suggestion that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) we see today exists because of the Iraq War.

That’s ridiculous.

There is no justification for ISIL The United States didn’t create it—whether or not we allowed it to flourish is a different question, but caused it to form? Absolutely not.

People want to have an explanation for everything, especially when something goes wrong. We desperately want to find an answer and to understand these kinds of acts—anything less than that is terrifying. It’s terrifying to admit that something is simply evil, because if you can’t find a reason the solution seems so much further away.

Sometimes there is nothing to understand. There are things that cannot be justified or explained away and don’t deserve to be. ISIL is one of those things. They are immoral, malevolent, and demonic. They are just evil, but that doesn’t mean we don’t do something about it. We can defeat evil, and we have many times. [WFB]

That may offend many conservatives, but Barber is right.

In my humble opinion, we got off on the wrong foot right at the beginning when George W. Bush refused to call this war what it really is: The War Against Islamofascism.

There has been, I think, no stupider term in the history of warfare than the “War on Terror.” If it were even remotely accurate Rosie O’Donnell would have been executed 10 years ago. Just kidding.

But in the end, that rather benign generalization has allowed people like Barack Obama to single out al Qaeda and the Taliban as our true enemy and dismiss others, like ISIS, as one-off imitators—”the JV team.” After all, al Qaeda attacked us on 9-11 and the Taliban helped them do it. Right? Al Qaeda fixed: War on Terror over.

Being at war worldwide with extremist Muslims may not be chic in the Uppers or even in the ‘burbs, but it is a fact, and radicalism isn’t a permutation within this thousand-year-old religion. Islam has been at war with someone from its very inception.

While rumor has it Islamofascists are a small faction within Islam, they are the only voices anyone hears when Islam speaks. And the SOBs are evil.

I know that will rile a lot of moderate Muslims (i.e. the cheering section), but the only time they seem to speak up is when someone points out that they do not condemn, at least with any widespread enthusiasm, these elements within their own religion.

Anyway, good going Ellison Barber!




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8 comments on “ISIS: Isolating Evil

  1. bobbelvedere
    August 28, 2014

    -Thanks for the Get Well Wishes – the fever broke during the course of last night.

    -Damn right that President Bush should have obtained a Declaration Of War – against all of Islam. To be a Muslim means you must never question The Koran, which is the direct word of Allah. Allah commands that all non-believers in him must either be killed or enslaved. Therefore, every Mohammedin is our Enemy.

    • Regular Right Guy
      August 28, 2014

      I noticed I missed you on the tweet of this post. Sorry.

      I think most Americans have trouble condemning an entire religion for the actions of a ‘few.’ However, the sprinkling of so-called ‘moderate Muslims’ I’ve met have been evasive and downright rude when it comes to the subject of Sharia. I have to agree with you; the whole religion is dangerous. The question is, What do we do about it?

  2. thatmrgguy
    August 28, 2014

    The fact of the matter is, if you read the Koran, ISIS is acting and doing exactly as the Muslim religion’s founder, Mohammad did and told his followers to do. In the eyes of ISIS, “moderate Muslims” are heretics and should be killed just like the infidels, that’s us.

  3. thatmrgguy
    August 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

  4. Citizen Tom
    August 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    H/T to That Mr. G Guy’s Blog.

    What people believe determines how they behave. Hence it does no good to excuse bad behavior. If we want to people to change their behavior, we have to give them a reason to change.

    The Nazis are back — differently dressed, speaking a different language and murdering ostensibly for different reasons but actually for the same: intolerance, hatred, excitement and just because they can. The Islamic State’s behavior is beyond explication, not reacting as some suggest to the war in Iraq — although in time it will try to settle some scores with the United States — but murdering and torturing and enslaving because this is what it wants to do. It is both futile and tasteless to lay off blame on others — the West, the colonialists of old or the persistent Zionists — or to somehow find guilt in the actions of the rich or powerful because they are rich or powerful. You can blame the victim. You can even kill him. (from here)

    If we want ISIS to change its behavior, we have punish anyone who joins or helps that organization. We [have] to kill or lock up its members. We have to make believing and putting into practice what ISIS adherents believe a belief that leads to death or imprisonment.

    • Regular Right Guy
      August 28, 2014

      I certainly agree, but it becomes a First Amendment minefield when we set out to legislate their religious beliefs—no matter how bizarre. I do believe we can enforce our laws to prevent any activity which lends aid and support of our enemies, though. Thank you so much for the reblog!

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