No, it’s not the City of Lights. And no, an African country is no more important to Barack Obama than it was to Bill Clinton during the nineties when 900,000 Rawandans were slaughtered and two of our embassies were destroyed and hundreds killed (by Al Quaeda). But speaking of Al Quaeda, isn’t it precious that wherever they run to (or return to) after the gallant Obama puts them on the run, they kill people there just as efficiently as they did wherever they ran from?
“Burkina Faso’s government says 28 people were killed and a further 56 injured after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou, popular with foreigners.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said it carried out the attack, which began on Friday night.”
We can understand Obama not wanting to talk about it. He claimed Al Quaeda was finished even before he called ISIS ‘Junior Varsity’. But it seems nobody else wants to talk about it either. But here’s the deal: Has the rise of ISIS caused everybody to blissfully accept Obama’s premise that we don’t need to sweat Al Quaeda anymore? He bragged about offing Osama ‘bin Laden and the Republicans roundly criticized him for that braggadocio, but we heard not a peep about Ayman Al Zawahiri. The dude’s still out there, and these Al Quaeda “affiliates” around the globe, if that’s what they are, may be somewhat independent in their operations, but ‘affiliate’ means something, does it not?
We heard in the Republican debate the other night, and have heard for several weeks now, Donald J. Trump, the Republican frontrunner, roundly criticized for his proposition that Muslim immigration into the US needs to be put in abeyance until vetting procedures can be certified and the predilections of our Islamic Jihadist enemies in using our lax vetting and visa issuance procedures can be stymied. “Why, all Muslims aren’t terrorists! It’s religious discrimination! That’s not who we are as a country!” say all the Trump-bumpers.
But did you notice the near unanimous opinion among the other candidates that we must put a stop to anyone coming into the US from Syria? Why, until we can get that sorted out, and insure proper vetting, and all that jazz, we can’t take a chance, they say. Hmmmm. So it’s okay to discriminate against people of a certain nationality? Isn’t that vilifying Syrians?
Let us now then give serious consideration to shutting the door on anyone seeking to enter from Burkina Faso. If Al Quaeda operates there, we can’t be sure that they won’t try to infiltrate the US from there, using “refugee status” or dubious visa applications to accomplish their mission. And if all those Republican candidates for president who stood on the stage the other night and vowed to “destroy ISIS” are about more than just “calling radical Islamic terrorism by it’s name” they will perhaps quit ignoring that terrorism in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia and dozens of other countries around the world and start vowing to “utterly destroy radical Islamic terrorism” instead of just destroying ISIS.
And perhaps they will start talking about Al Quaeda, and Boko Haram, and all the other clans out there who either (What difference, at this point, does it make?) just spring up randomly because of unemployment issues or discrimination or what-have-you as the Social Democrats idiotically propose, OR, perhaps are on Ayman Al Zawahiri’s email subscription list.
It may be that it’s too much to ask that these wannabe Commander-In-Chiefs reconsider their abhorrence at the suggestion of temporarily halting Muslim migration to the US until, as Trump said, “we can figure out what the hell is going on”. But if many more countries become sanctuaries and playgrounds for Islamic Jihadists, whether they call themselves ISIS, Al Quaeda or something else, it may be a moot question. We may have to shut the door to dozens and dozens of countries, and not just Syria, as the nearsighted Republican field suggests.
Barack Obama is not the only one giving short shrift to the …..Global….War….On ….Islamic ….Jihad.