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Our failure to unite in defense of what is right will be the reason we will continue to fail against an enemy whose terms are non-negotiable in every way.

In the West, there is a common misunderstanding of what Radical Islam is and what fundamentalists want – a world under complete Islamic control, a theocracy that is to submit to Allah or be killed, a global Caliphate.

This is the reason we have failed to make any real progress fighting the enemy in the Middle East. The Western power’s failures are obvious in their drone strike approach to dismantling terror networks. This approach has turned into an expensive and endless game whack-a-mole.

In the West, there is a common misunderstanding of what Radical Islam is and what fundamentalists want – a world under complete Islamic control, a theocracy that is to submit to Allah or be killed, a global Caliphate.

This is the reason we have failed to make any real progress fighting the enemy in the Middle East. The Western power’s failures are obvious in their drone strike approach to dismantling terror networks. This approach has turned into an expensive and endless game of whack-a-mole.

The key fuel to the terror fire is the ideology. It is hard for the West to understand this. In America we live in a society that has a tainted history of civil rights violations. We now have overcompensated to go as far to believe that any form of labeling, even if it is against a group that seeks death to groups such as gays, Jews, and Christians, is somehow not American. The West has jumped to the defense of Islamists’ post terror attack, time and time again regardless of the now almost expected terror attack volume. Instead of truly becoming tired of mass murders in the name of Islam, we are choosing to just make it another usual occurrence in our minds.

The most concerning issue to me is seeing how many Islamic terrorists and pro-terror people are actively pursuing harming others. Seeing how many of these people grew up under a Middle East of yesterday where dictators many a  times suppressed terror groups in self- preservation, we now see more failed states that had a vacuum of power that was filled with very radical minded people. If we see many terrorists now, imagine how many we will see in 20 years from now having grown up in a much more radical climate.

Today we lack the common value of freedom and understanding of what oppression looks like. We have had many great enemies to freedom in the last century alone, the Nazis and the Communists being two of the previous major threats to the world. Now we have a threat that is so deeply misunderstood, we do not respect it as a true threat and take as truth the media’s soft picture of a few “psychopaths” committing murder to being the real culprit in terror attacks.

Islamic fundamentalists have one goal and one goal alone. It is a world under Islam with death awaiting those who do not submit or are of any other religion. Saudi Arabia is a good example of what a relatively “modernized” Islamic State looks like. Women have little to no rights, including lack of driving privileges; are forbidden from baring too much skin outside, hate to Christians and Jews is taught in state- funded school textbooks; public executions occur frequently; gays are punished, and Sharia religious police patrol menacingly about. It is a country that we choose to business with; well knowing the Western money they get goes to funding terror networks that attack us.

Islamic Jihad terrorists. (AP/Adel Hana)

Islamic Jihad terrorists. (AP/Adel Hana)

Another key fact to consider is this is not a war on all terrorism; it is a war on Islamic terrorism. We are not fighting eco, animal’s rights, domestic left or right-wing terror groups, or any of the many other international terror groups. We have begun a half in, half out fight without truly identifying the enemy to the public.

Mass common opinion and understanding by the public can be an absolutely powerful tool, as seen in the constructivist theory of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Constructivists believe the Soviet Union fell partially because when the citizens believed that the Berlin Wall shouldn’t be and the Soviet soldiers set to enforce state laws didn’t believe it was important to continue enforcing the Soviet state’s law. This allowed for the mass belief of the people to become a reality and the wall fell. Common values and understanding to problems is the key to long term success in geopolitics.

But why do we still fall into the belief that we can win this war with our longstanding strategy? What made us highly effective against the last two existential threats to freedom was our common understanding of who we are and what they are. We are no longer united in a common belief in freedom and are failing to truly label any form of radical Islam for the totalitarian ideology it is. Today it is more the norm for the younger generations to be politically illiterate, assume the rest of the world is like the West, have dislike for authority, and have no respect and appreciation for freedom since we never had to fight state dictatorships. Freedom is now just a term we take for granted and which has no true value to many. These problems are obvious in the victim mentality I have personally seen when people who failed to plan didn’t think it would happen to them and were victims to others who wanted to victimize them. This is parallel to what we see in European states that blindly accepted Middle Eastern refugees and now have seen dramatic increases in crimes, especially crimes of sexual assault committed by migrants.

Our lack of unity against tyranny exists throughout our society. This is apparent when you see an American president completely write off the past evils done by the Cuban government and give the recently deceased dictator a typically Western, politically correct, and glowing send off. Our failure to unite in defense of what is right will be the reason we will continue to fail against an enemy whose terms are non-negotiable in every way.

Without uniting as a civilized society with common values of freedom to all, we cannot all be on the same page in condemning human rights violations and injustices of Islamic radicals who want to impose their religion on everyone else. Fixing the Jihadist problem we face today can start only by first having a common understanding of the radical Wahhabi ideology they follow and a united condemnation of their archaic beliefs that do not belong in a modern world. To avoid more mass murder scenes, we must cut off any state sponsors who openly support these evil values. All states that support Jihadi beliefs have no place in a modern world. By cutting off the state sponsors of terror we will also effect the funding of radical Islamic schools and mosques. This would be a good beginning of the fight against terror.

Article by Derek Rock

Derek Rock joined the Marine Corps at the age of 20. He was a Military Policeman for four years and now is currently law enforcement officer. Having studied international relations, he quickly gravitated to studying terrorism. Derek continues to receive training on the world’s current terrorism issues to better serve his department and the public.