Beyond the Cusp

October 28, 2017

Perhaps the Time is Here to Identify All of Islamic State


President Trump has claimed that the Islamic State has been defeated simply because they have been successfully pushed from Syria and Iraq. Pushing something to relocate to a different hot-spot is not eliminating it. To eliminate the Islamic State, President Trump is going to have to go to places he prefers to ignore or it will come back to bite him in the future. The Islamic State is exactly what one might think about their losses in Syria and Iraq, madder than all get up, we thought better than saying the wording which first came to mind. But they have not been defeated and just like other terror groups which were claimed to be defeated but simply relocated, Islamic State is still a viable threat. The bad news for President Trump is that the Islamic State he claims to have defeated has relocated many of their resources and leading people to the Sinai Peninsula where they are a threat to the Egyptian government as well as to Israel. The good news for Israel is that having the Islamic State in the Sinai threatening Egypt has caused Egypt to close their border with Gaza making arming Hamas more difficult for those wishing to press that front against Israel. Egyptian President Sisi would be wise to ask President Trump to aid Egypt in ridding the Sinai of the Islamic State menace along with numerous other criminal and terrorist entities.


But we want to talk about the forgotten from which belongs to the Islamic State but has been conveniently dismissed as unimportant by the developed world including President Trump. The loss of four Americans in Niger, four Green Berets Special Forces, in an ambush by Islamist terrorists, Boko Haram terrorists, is sad and some have asked why United States forces are in Niger. We ask the opposite question posing why there are but eight-hundred troops stationed there largely as advisors and training officers. All told, six-thousand United States military personnel are deployed in Africa where the majority works on construction projects and in supporting the aerial drone surveillance operations. Why is there not a more substantial support in Niger as the United States had in Syria and Iraq against Islamic State? Perhaps we need refresh memories with two small items. First, Boko Haram swore their allegiance to Islamic State over two year ago in early 2015. President Trump promised to defeat the Islamic State wherever they existed and did not claim only in Syria and Iraq. But maybe President Trump meant he only wanted to destroy the Islamic State where the media was covering the fight as he wished for glory, not results. Islamic State terror must be fought wherever it takes root and everywhere it takes root or that weed has not been pulled. Islamic State is Boko Haram and Boko Haram is Islamic State, the two are wed in ideology and their desire to take their destructive ideology and spread it over the entirety of our planet. This is the reason that they must be eradicated from every corner they have infested, and that includes across the entirety of the continent of Africa.


African Transition Zone

African Transition Zone


To make things easier for President Trump, please allow us to present the above map of the region known as the African Transition Zone where Africa is divided between the areas controlled by Islam and the Christian, Animist and other religious beliefs. North of the zone is Islamic and south is not and the terrorists operating along the entire region intend to push the dotted boundary of Islam ever southward until stopped. Maybe Africa does not have the attention of the Middle East, but it is no less important in this battle for world dominance between Islam and everybody else. This is not the great battle between Communism and Democratic freedom, this is the great battle between Islam and freedom of religion or even freedom from religion if you happen to be a post-modernist European leftist who believes that religion is the opiate of the masses. Trust that Islam will devour your socialist religion free society and force everyone to bow to Allah just as fast as they would a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto or other religious nations. The Islamists do not care what religion or lack of religion you worship or refuse to worship, they only care that you do not believe the religion that they hold to and they are willing to kill everybody who refuses to follow Islam if that is what it takes to make the world follow Islam and only Islam. Don’t even think for a moment that you have nothing to fear about the message Islam presents just because you are an Atheist, because the reality is you have the most to fear as they consider Atheists to be idolaters. And yes the continent of Africa is worth saving just as Europe is worth fighting to keep free, Asia is worth retaining as free, and the Americas are worth fighting to keep free and Israel is worth defending despite or because it is in the center of the maelstrom. The fight against Islam, or at least to reform Islam, is the most imperative and important struggle the world faces and the entire world faces this whether they wish to admit such or not.


Currently there are forces who believe they can bait the tiger and come away unscathed because the tiger is devouring others. This is foolish thinking and will only serve to allow the tiger to feast unmolested for so long. Eventually the tiger will desire feasting on something new and that might be when the tiger turns on those befriending it today, as that is what tigers do, they eat by preying on others. Perhaps the tiger is not the best animal to use in the analogy for Islam. Islam is more like locusts or army ants devouring everything in their path and when they finish one area then continue on to the next area. Then, from time to time they cease, and appear to go into hibernation until the wind picks up in just the right direction or the urge to move the next strikes and they fly or march on to new grazing grounds and eat everything in their path along the way. They marched across the Middle East into India and across Northern Africa and into eastern and western Europe between 622A.D. and 750A.D. (see map below) before resting. They then resumed their expansion as the Ottoman Empire before being pushed back and then presumably defeated during World War I. This was a very temporary defeat as we are witnessing today.


Expansion of Islam Across MENA and into Europe before Ottoman Rule

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and into Europe before Ottoman Rule


The victors in World War I colonized the areas where the Arabs and Muslims had conquered with the exception of Iran, Turkey, Albania and a few other places. The only places where Islam has been pushed from largely are Spain (Andalusia) and India though Muslims still live in both nations. Israel is the other place where Islam lost their control but that has been fraught with continuous attempts to rectify the situation; one might say, with the Israelis proving quite a bit stubborn about holding on to their lands, something they had been thousands of years prior as well. Islam slept for close to a thousand years and is once again waking and becoming resurgent. Should this be permitted to continue without some modifications allowing other religions and even no religion to coexist with Islam, then people had best ready their prayer rugs and be prepared to pray facing Mecca five times every day. There currently is no compromise once Islam takes control of an area. There are records of places where Islam permitted non-Muslims to reside as Dhimmi, a form of second-class personage, for as long as they served Islam and remembered their inferiority. Even with good behavior, eventually the Muslims reach a point where they demand everyone convert to Islam or be put to the sword, or of late a knife. This is a reality which the entire world could face should the non-Islamic powers not wake and realize the peril they are actually facing. History is a brutal teacher but as in the West history is not a subject much studied any longer, perhaps those who have studied history might refresh everybody’s memory and grab a few leaders’ attentions. For our American friends, allow us to give them two wars they might wish to study, the First and Second Barbary Wars. The Barbary Pirates were Islamic terrorists of their day and that is the most revealing way to describe them. You see, the United States has been fighting Islamic terrorism since day one. That is a truth and the American people would be well advised to realize what they are facing before it becomes too late.


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May 3, 2014

Another War Most Will Ignore, the Ukraine

The confrontation between the nationalist forces which currently rule in Kiev of the Ukraine and the Russian separatists in the eastern provinces of the Ukraine has exploded into a shooting war. Do not expect the United States or NATO to react with anything beyond maybe some harsh rhetoric. That is not to claim that nobody will react to the pending disastrous situation. We can expect Russian President Putin to react and use something first applied by President Obama when NATO interjected themselves into Libya known as R2P, the “Right to Protect”. R2P was used to claim that somebody had to do something to prevent the slaughter of innocent people when the probability of a civil war presented itself in Libya when forces there first showed signs of deposing Muammar Gaddafi from his dictatorial rule. Using that excuse the NATO forces aided the Libyan rebels providing them with air cover and tactical air support, or at least that was the official story. It has since been shown that the United States had also gone further and provided some of the disparate factions with weaponry which may have provided some of the impetus for the murder of the American Ambassador and three other Americans later in Benghazi, but that is another story. Meanwhile, what was so interesting about the use of R2P in Libya was how once it had been applied in Libya the same concept was not used again in other situations. The most glaring of such opportunities where one might have thought that R2P would have been implemented has to have been in Syria. Instead there have been well over one-hundred-thousand innocents murdered and millions forced to flee their homes and become homeless refugees in neighboring nations.


Now the violence in the Ukraine will present President Putin with his own situation where the use of R2P will be perfect to facilitate his intervention and conquest of the eastern provinces of the Ukraine and also provide a land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula, a necessary possession if Russia is to retain that critical area and its sea port in Sevastopol. This will also allow Russia to gain control of the majority of the arms and military equipment manufacturing which is also situated throughout much of these areas in the Ukraine which were originally built by the Soviet Union. We can expect a Russian move to provide protection for the innocent victims of the overt violence being implemented by the Ukrainian government in Kiev which Russia has thus far refused to recognize and has classified as an illegal government resulting from a violent coup. Remember that one man’s revolution and quest for freedom is the other side’s illegal coup and forceful takeover of the governance. The Ukraine will now become one of the most ignored stories in much of the West as nobody desires taking on the risks and potential to fight the Russians once they decide they have sufficient reason to enter the eastern provinces of the Ukraine.


As long as Putin refrains from taking the entirety of the Ukraine and just occupies and eventually annexes three or at most four of the easternmost provinces, the West will scream a few threats while sitting on their collective hands. Should Putin continue an offensive and take the entirety of the Ukraine then there will be much noise and possibly some actual sanctions beyond the inconveniences thus far laughingly called sanctions that have thus far been applied. Once again the world will be sitting on their hands until the crucial and fateful step is taken, invading Poland. It was the invasion of Poland by the Nazis and the Soviets which began World War II and it may well be an invasion of Poland which triggers World War III. With the United States having already positioned troops in Poland, the die is cast and the line has been drawn and all that remains is to see if Putin decides to cross this line in the sand. Unlike the invisible moving line in Syria, the Western NATO nations very likely would react quite differently to the line at Poland being crossed as that would place the entirety of the NATO treaty and its relevance to the world today on the line. Poland is most definitely not Syria and this is something the world had best hope that Putin, or as we call him, Vlad the Invader knows and understands well.


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February 3, 2014

Abbas Lays Plan to Turn American Public Against Israel

The somewhat brilliant idea behind Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s plan is that the offer is one that United States Secretary of State is very likely to jump at accepting it blindly without any consideration for the possible down-sides and future difficulties it will most assuredly spawn. Abbas has suggested that he will accept to have a demilitarized Palestinian state with the IDF initially tasked with preventing any terrorist activities and defending the Palestinians from outside aggressions. After five years the IDF will have been phased out and replaced by NATO, read United States, troops who will be permitted to remain indefinitely, a length of time that would likely be adjusted to speed up the transition to sometime during year three. One of the main reasons behind Abbas proposing this plan is that he is fully aware that without some external security force to defend him against suffering the exact same fate that the Palestinian Authority did in Gaza, he would soon be deposed as the Palestinian President by Hamas and other presumably more radical terrorist groups who would waste little time in executing Abbas and most of the other current Palestinian Authority leadership. So, in actuality the NATO troops who would be tasked with providing security throughout the Palestinian state would actually end up fulfilling two functions, the first as protectors of the Palestinian Authority leadership and the second to provide targets for assaults and murderous attacks by the terrorists.


I realize that the two disparate functions at first would appear contradictory. That will be cleared up as we inspect the real motivations behind this apparent and sudden change of heart and apparent desire to make compromises. The initial driving force behind the newly accommodating Mahmoud Abbas is his realization that he might be able to game the system being put in place if only he can wrap his plot up with a pretty enough bow that Secretary Kerry will grab the ring and run with it never even suspecting he was being played. Once this plan for providing Israel with sufficient assurances their security would be well protected by sufficient presence of non-Palestinian forces and at the same time satisfy, and thus removing, Israeli Prime Minister’s demand that the Palestinian state be demilitarized, then there can come either a totally staged or instigated confrontation, likely series of confrontations over a week or two, where evidence can be produced revealing inappropriate use of excessive force along with the death of innocents including children, a ploy previously used in the French media report of the al-Dura murder by IDF forces engaged with Palestinian forces or the Jenin massacre which the United Nations ended up investigating and disproving all the Palestinian claims. The timing of this staged event and ensuing outrage will likely come mere weeks or even days before the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly so the Palestinians can present their grievances to the world in order to get backing for the removal of the IDF forces earlier than agreed to in the Kerry framework and hurriedly put NATO, read American, troops as peacekeepers and security forces.


The changing of the guard in the Palestinian areas will be a somewhat tumultuous series of events which will likely leave open a number of opportunities for terrorists to strike within Israel before everything has settled in. Then comes the six to ten months of peaceful calm leading the NATO American troops to let their guards down and putting aside any suspicions or fears that they were entering a hostile environment. The aggressions aimed at the foreign troops will start small and not be fatal but will cause little alarm. The Palestinians will slowly elevate the levels of violence and frequency of attacks slowly with intermittent periods of calm implemented in order to prevent the situation from boiling over quite yet. Eventually there will be an incident in which one of the NATO troops is killed. The situation surrounding his or her death will be murky and unclear leaving doubts as to who was responsible or if the soldier in question simply was somewhere he should not have been. There will also be charges against some of the troops for improper behavior such as rapes and other indiscretions and the Palestinian leadership and supporting sections of the population feigning great indignations. Eventually the suggestion will be made and applied to make the patrols manned by Palestinian security police alongside the NATO forces under the reasoning that the presence of the Palestinians can assist in defusing any confrontation and assure that Palestinian sensitivities are protected and certain lines are not crossed.


At a predetermined time these associate security forces will make themselves scarce just before an attack by terrorists is launched on the NATO troops. Should there be any Palestinian individuals who are suspect of being too friendly and working with the NATO forces, they too will be murdered in some of these attacks. The initial assault will take place over a three to five day span with as many as ten to twenty such attacks and double to triple that many fatalities. Then Mahmoud Abbas will make some speech and everything will return to a quiet calm. These episodes will come every four to six months initially and slowly ramp up until there are four or five every month with at least one being a serious terrorist attack which will target a NATO instillation, base or staging post with the casualties being considerably greater resulting from these attacks. On rare occasions the Palestinians will capture one of the terrorists and place them on trial resulting in their being executed for their purported crimes. The suspected terrorist will never be allowed to be interrogated by the NATO forces and will likely be some unfortunate innocent or a member of a rival terrorist group of Fatah such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other group or family force. The aim of this entire scenario will be to drive a wedge between the American people and Israel eroding the current levels of support Israel enjoys from the American public. This situation will play right into the hands of those who harbor anti-Semitic hatreds as it will prove their charge of Israel making American men and women fight and die in their place fighting the Israeli and Jewish enemies. If anyone thinks this is impossible, all you need do is watch many of the major liberal arts universities such as the California University System, Columbia and Harvard where the campus Hillel House actually voted to back the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement which target Israel for their supposed apartheid and genocidal treatment of the Palestinians and their refusal to allow the formation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital city.


Numerous campuses throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and other Western nations hold annual Israel Apartheid Week, Palestinian Solidarity Celebrations and other anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic events replete with moralistic plays, Apartheid Walls, Faux Checkpoints and other distortions all designed to discredit Israel and accuse Israel and the Jewish students by association of crimes against humanity, overt control of media and entertainment, inordinate influence over the United States Congress along with national parliaments and ruling bodies worldwide, and numerous other hate filled tropes. It must be remembered that these very same students who are being influenced by these events and the supportive literature which is often disseminated on campuses will be the leaders of society in a decade or two and some who had their beliefs and opinions of Israel are already out in the government and institutions of higher learning as well as public schools, newspapers, television and other media corrupting the message slanting everything to serve to hold the Palestinians up as oppressed and disadvantaged victims of the fascist, colonialist Israeli Jews. What surprises many is that a fair number of Church diocese and synods have had their board of directors infiltrated and populated by a majority of individuals who support the BDS movement and other organizations along with numerous NGOs all united in a common front to denounce and attempt to eventually extinguish the Jewishness of the state of Israel and make it just another Arab Muslim state of the Middle East. Should America’s men and women who are serving their country during the prime of their lives become the daily targets for terrorists while on mission presumably to defend Israel, these same indoctrinated masses will use these deaths as their cause celeb of which they will talk loudly while also carrying a big stick. This is very probably close to the intentions planned by Mahmoud Abbas and is pushing his sudden acquiescence with Kerry’s efforts after spending the past six months plus deriding Secretary Kerry and denouncing his plans as untenable and being crafted in congruence with the Israelis to destroy the hopes of the Palestinians.


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