I was catching up on some internet articles last night and was reading the following bit by one of my favorite author, political commentator, libertarian, Neanderthal, knuckle dragging, right wing extremist, Mark Steyn.
I hadn’t paid much attention to the above picture until I was about a quarter of the way through the article. For those of you who are a little squeamish you might want to move on to some reading that is a little less stomach churning. Even after I looked at the above picture for around 30 seconds it still didn’t dawn on me what this young boy was doing. He looks like your average 7 year old kid after a little league game holding his participation medal.
This young boy was born and raised in Sydney, Australia he is the son of Khaled Sharrouf who is fighting with ISIS in Northern Iraq. What he is holding so proudly in his hands is the severed head of a Syrian soldier. His father proudly posted this picture on Twitter.
There are currently around 1,000 men from western countries that are fighting with ISIS. 100 from the US alone. I could not find an accurate figure from Canada, but I am sure that there are a few. I know that some of you don’t like to concern yourselves with these wars going on in far away places, but this time all of us should be concerned. This fight in Syria and Iraq is different.
ISIS which are now actually calling themselves Islamic State as they have dropped the Iraq and Syria part of their handle, their intentions are now to form an Islamic caliphate from Saudi Arabia all the way up to Turkey. They are an off shoot of Al Qaida, Sunni Muslim and are fighting an old school type of war that would probably even make the SS Sturmtruppen of WW 2 fame cringe. This is the way that they used to fight wars in the middle ages. Lots of beheading of the infidels and sticking heads on spikes to let the people that you are fighting (slaughtering) know you mean business. I have watched a few of this groups promotional videos on line (Clanging of the Swords) I will not post a link to any of it because I do not want to encourage/promote anything that this bunch of terrorists are doing. What I saw in the videos is a group that is well armed, well organized, brutal beyond belief in its treatment of anyone it believes does not follow its particular brand of Islam. They are not only unafraid to die for their cause/religion but actually relish the idea.
If ever there was a time for all of us to be engaged in what is going on in Iraq it is now during this current crisis. Unfortunately Iraq has a leadership vacuum at the worst possible time. My thought is that the US also has a leadership vacuum. Obama does not understand that in the Muslim culture they respect the “Strong Horse” which with his dithering on many foreign affairs files he is perceived and almost certainly is a weak indecisive leader. At the time of this posting the US has performed 5 airstrikes on Islamic State positions which as a State Department talking head said “has slowed them down but will not significantly change anything”. My thought is that if ever there was a time for some good old fashioned meeting kind with kind it is now; something like a squadron of B 52’s and a bit of carpet bombing just to get the Islamic State savages attention.
Back to the little lad above. What do you think is going to happen when this current situation has resolved itself and he and the 1,000 other foreign fighters with their US, Australian, Canadian and British passports return back to their adopted countries?