This post is about waging information warfare. I harken back to operations in WWII to show how we are doing nothing to fight the ideology of jihad. We can wipe out ash Sham in its entirety but there will always be another jihad group looking to murder people sitting at bars in France or working on financial reports in New York if we do not smoke out the poison once and for all with the power of basic moral law. It is a metaphysical fight and it is in the realm of possible to win it, if we would just do it.
Buckle in because I want to talk a little bit about evil. I’ll try to be brief with my rage but join me in having a better understanding of Jihad than Ben Rhodes, who apparently didn’t listen in any of his history courses.
Everyday I see “professionals” on CNN sit around and ask themselves dumbfounded (because they are supposed to be the voice of the viewer) “Who are these people that want to kill us? Why do they want to kill us? I have been asking for 15 years and no one has told me. I want to know.” Well friends I have an unpalatable truth for you: the experts have been telling you, loud and clear, for some time now, the truth. Our relativistic society contains the single intolerable imperative that seeks to destroy us. Tolerance has already become tyranny and Utopianism is destroying democracy as we know it. Let me explain.
Consider this. In World War II, Hitler’s Third Reich was all the rage inside of Germany. The man single handedly, with the help of the Nazi Party, his followers, ascended to the Chancellorship and by 1933 rewritten the rules that gave him unfettered and unrelenting power, the best definitive example of evil, manifested through the Final Solution. When the United States went to wage war with this evil, we had a robust information war waging on the propaganda front. Joseph Goebbles knew this all too well, and to this day perplexes Third Reich scholars with how well lubricated his information machine was. Today, we know how evil Hitler’s government was. But at the time? Not the case. You can thank United States Office of War Information for that one. I only use the example of Hitler because it is the formidable evil that most of us have ever heard of (See: Rape if Nanjing, the entirety of what was the Soviet Union, and anything modern China seeks to call themselves today). If it were not for the truth of transparency in government, rule of law, liberty, repsect for human dignity, being broadcasted by the US Government, Radio Free Liberty/Radio Europe, and Voice of America, post-war Europe would be drastically different than what it is today. When Hitler was bent on taking the United Kingdom for himself, Churchill didn’t just blame it on economic hardship and appease the Reich even more? Certainly not! he gave one of the most rousing speeches of the 20th century, and declared that
We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…
So, if we proceed logically, one can surmise that of COURSE we are waging the same type of vital information war against radical jihad?
Where is this coming out of Washington? Oh wait that’s right, here is their battle cry: “Don’t do stupid shit.” Quite a juxtaposition.
Politics aside, when a US president must convince the world, and more importantly, the American public, that his strategy against IS is working, when clearly it is not, this should tell any thinking person that it begs the question. I’ll ask it anyway. Why must he have to say this? Why isn’t it just working? After all, it is his job and not anyone else’s. Or perhaps he wishes it wasn’t his job.
Ok, now I am really going to blow your mind with a few statements that I will make no apologies for: There will be more death if we do not attack this ideology. The truth will always, universally, prevail over evil. We cannot simply “condemn in the strongest terms” radical jihad and simply unite in solidarity. Stop.
Let’s have some background. The Islamic State is an organization that has many advantages and disadvantages. IS bases all of their governmental terminology from the Ottoman Empire, which fell after World War I.
Manpower: In 2013 and 2014 they saw unprecedented growth in “believers” traveling ash Sham on the hijrah. The hijrah simply refers to Mohammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina after he was initially kicked out for preaching monotheism (Arabia was more of the wild west in his time then it even is now). However, IS selfishly calls it the journey to ash Sham. Thousands of fighters from all over the world joined the “Caliphate.” There were more Americans, Russians, Europeans, Asians, and Africans calling themselves Syrians than actual Syrians. They are all douchebags, totally obsessed with themselves on twitter. I guess you can’t totally get rid of the West.
Propaganda: The IS propaganda machine is robust and their most powerful tool. They have around 14-15 official media outlets that have different purposes. Battlefield ops, humanitarian aid (yes this exists), ‘State’ infrastructure, and of course executions, which happen so much now that CNN just gave up. All of these videos are to show the glory of the ‘Caliphate.’ This is their greatest strength and is how they recruit. Claiming credit is all a part of their propaganda. If they can claim to their troves of thousands upon thousands of little cheerleaders on twitter that they took down a jet, then they have already won, even if it was engine failure. Even Al Qeada HATES the Islamic State. Why are we not exploiting this?
Money: IS is funded by many many sources. To get into sources would take a very long time. They have also robbed banks, treasuries, so on. This means arms. The black market in Syria is huge, almost anyone can get munitions. The point here is that IS has millions, and has had the capacity for a long time to commit hundreds of 9/11’s. Also, they pay their fighters salaries, did you know that? What happens if they stop paying for religious fervor when they run out of money? Sounds more like kufur (infidels) to me.
Smarts: One huge misconception in the US is that IS is full of a bunch of idiots. This is not, as you may have guessed, the case. They are in fact a very intelligent and unified force with engineers, doctors, computer scientists, and graphic designers. They are united in their cause and we can kill jihadi john after jihadi john–it doesn’t matter. They’ll just keep coming back.
They are losing on the battlefield: IS is reaching out to the west in the form of cell formation and attacks, AQ style, because they are literally losing ground in ash Sham. Before, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wanted fighters to some to Syria. Now, they want you to stay home, stay quiet, and blow things up. They are losing land, men, everything, and this affects their advantages in ways that prevents good propaganda, good recruiting, and therefore, survival.
We have not been fighting the ideology for 15 years. None of the ideas I am bringing up here, for the most part, at their base, are my own original ideas. Experts have been saying these things, on both sides of the aisle, for a very long time. And now we have let the enemy dupe us on the information front. It’s like we don’t even know what the internet is. WE INVENTED THE INTERNET DAMNIT.
Give the kids the truth. Old school jihadis and those already in ash Sham have made up their minds. The only thing to do there is kill them and kill them all with the power of western missiles and western guns. It must be swift and it must be merciless.
But we cannot simply kill all terrorists. It is impossible. There are still Nazis alive today, and many of them. But is there a Third Reich? Not last I checked.
Immanuel Kant believed that we should always do what is right, according to the supreme principle of morality. Do not do an act which cannot be universal. He even made Aristotle look like a fool, in some cases, when he said it. He believed that morality lived in our brains, and I think we can learn something from Kant about radical jihad. If someone asks what America was founded on what would you say? I hope you would say rule of law, transparency, liberty, property, brotherhood, human dignity, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and no established religion, and so on. These are universal western values.
So, my solution. It is pretty simple. We need to energize the alternative for jihad. We need to speak to it. We need to find a real means to broadcast a differing opinion in ash Sham when lies and hate are preached and there are no alternatives being presented. We cannot simply “condemn in the strongest terms” on twitter and move on. We need to take the next step to show the kids, those thinking of joining jihad in silence and blowing up a stadium, that there is an alternative, and that is freedom, even freedom in Allah. The largest Islamic body in the world condemns radical jihad. But, they are doing nothing to counter it. I’m not talking about imposing the West on this, I am talking about providing a solution through understanding.
THERE WILL BE MORE DEATH. THERE WILL BE MORE DEATH. THERE WILL BE MORE DEATH.
I cannot stress this enough, there will be more terror from radical jihad if we do not provide the second prong of this global war. Use logic, reason well, and arm yourselves with understanding. And don’t be surprised when another Paris happens, rather, write your Senator a letter.
Further Reading: Fighting the Ideological War-Winning Strategies from Communism to Islamism