One thing about the advance of ISIS is the deathly silence from our best ally in the Middle East, Israel. What concerns me is that the U.S. seems to believe time is on our side relating to ISIS – and we’re not taking this sophisticated threat seriously. I pray Israel is.
It’s always helpful to gain a window into the enemy by reading the enemies’ words. Franklin Lamb, writing for Media With Conscience was afforded an opportunity to interview members of the Islamist army, who clearly laid out their frightening plans.
He writes, “One need not be prescient to understand the unfolding “Jihadi Spring” is fueling the plans and perhaps destiny of ascendant Islamists in this region with the increasing help of in-country nationalists, including remnants of the Iraqi Baath Party. This, according to more than a dozen ardent supporters of The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), known locally as DAASH, whose representatives allowed this observer over the past six months to interview some of its supporters.”
Lamb explains that the final “S” in the acronym “ISIS” relates to the Arabic word “al-Sham” which itself is variously used to refer to the Levant, Syria or even Damascus. But DAASH (ISIS) means the Levant or Eastern Mediterranean including Cyprus, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and southern Turkey. ISIS has just announced that Raqqa, the only one of 14 Governorates its controls in Syria, is now the “Capital” of their emerging “Caliphate” which so far is a swathe of territory encompassing much of eastern and northern Syria and western and northern Iraq. The Emir is to be their military strategist and leader and successor of Abu Mus‘ab Zarqawi, Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
What we fail to comprehend is that an Islamic caliphate is a borderless empire ruled by a singular leader under strict Islamic law, the Koran. It does not respect secular leadership, as we are witnessing in Libya, Syria, and elsewhere in the Islamic world. In Egypt, the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood set back their march towards being a part of an Islamic caliphate — which our own Secretary of State has problems understanding.
So what does ISIS think of Israel’s existence?
Lamb says jihadist recruiters working with a claimed new specialized DAASH unit organized at the beginning of 2013 are “focusing exclusively on destroying the Zionist regime occupying Palestine.” DAASH’s “Al Quds Unit” (AQU) is currently working to broaden its influence in more than 60 Palestinian camps and gatherings from Gaza, across Occupied Palestine, to Jordan, and Lebanon up to the north of Syria seeking to enlist support as it prepares to “liberate” Palestine.
How in God’s name did the Obama administration not see this coming? This may be one of the greatest intelligence failures in American history. President Obama referred to this as “whack-a-mole” — hardly, this is not just some terrorist organization, it is an army with a structure. It is no different from Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in Gaza.
A DAASH member supposedly claims, “Zionists call us masked, sociopathic murderers but we are much more complicated and representative of those seeking justice than they portray us. Are we more barbaric than the Zionist terrorists who massacred at Dier Yassin, Shatila twice at Qana, and committed dozens of other massacres? History will judge us after we free Palestine.” DAASH claims it can do the job in 72 months.
Lamb says there are several reasons why Palestinians should hold out hope for ISIS succeeding in their cause when all other Arab, Muslim, and Western-claimed resistance supporters have failed. “All countries in this region are playing the sectarian card just as they have long played the Palestinian card but the difference with ISIS is that we are serious about Palestine and they are not. Tel Aviv will fall as fast as Mosul when the time is right,” a DAASH ally explained. Another member insisted, “DAASH will fight where no one else is willing.”
ISIS appears uniformly contemptuous of the “Zionist regime” and its army and also appears eager to fight them in the near future despite expectation that Israel will use nuclear weapons.
“Do you think that we do not have access to nuclear devices? The Zionists know that we do and if we ever believe they are about to use theirs we will not hesitate. After the Zionists are gone, Palestine will have to be decontaminated and rebuilt just like areas where there has been radiation released.”
This is a real threat and nothing ISIS has done is contrary to their intent and purpose. We do not want an entrenched Islamist army as we have in Hezbollah and Hamas. The situation for Israel is dire since those two Islamic terrorist formations exist to their north and south. If ISIS is successful in moving against Jordan, then there is a greater threat to the east. The clock is ticking and truly, I don’t believe Barack Hussein Obama gives a damn.
Congrats to all you American Jews who overwhelmingly supported him. Twice.