Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Does anyone fear us anymore?

How many more American journalists need to die before we do something about ISIS? How many more Americans — period — need to die before we do something? I know we don’t want to go back into Iraq but we didn’t pick this fight. They essentially declared war on us when they beheaded Jim Foley. Now a second American journalist has been brutally beheaded. It is imperative that we respond and respond with massive force.

The problem is no one respects us any longer. They don’t respect us because they don’t fear us. I know the pacifists on the left don’t want us to be feared but fear is what keeps us safe.

Back in the ‘80s there was a group of congressmen and citizens who were part of the ‘peace through strength’ movement. Members included actors Tom Selleck and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What it basically meant was we would
only achieve true peace if we were strong enough to deter aggression. The Soviet Union was the target in those days and it worked. Without going over all of the history, we basically bankrupted the Soviet Union by being strong.

People don’t respect weak people. Nations don’t respect weak nations. Weak nations are seen as vulnerable. When a president tells the leader of another country that if he uses chemical weapons he crosses a red line where there are consequences he needs to mean it. In order to mean it you have to back it up. This president did nothing.

Not to mention trading four terrorists for one questionable soldier. All from a country that has a standing policy to never, every negotiate with terrorists. Is it any wonder that terrorists are taking hostages left and right?

Like it or not, we’re at war with ISIS. This is a war we cannot afford to lose. We have to win, and the only way you win is win completely. What that means is we have to annihilate the enemy. ISIS has one agenda: convert people to Islam or kill them. That’s not an enemy you can negotiate with.

Look, al Qaeda is even repulsed by ISIS. This is a whole new breed of terrorist. They only understand force. They can only be defeated by death. There is no reforming these people. And we have Americans joining their forces. Rappers, no less. I’m still trying to dissect that psychologically. Maybe folks who rap about killing police officers and whitey get a big kick out of cutting people’s heads off.

Whatever the case, ISIS is attracting the most sinister among us. And all in the name of a so-called god. People want to know what did we do to cause this. We merely existed. If you think it’s because of us then you have to ask what did the Christians of Mosul do to invite the wrath of ISIS? What did the Yazidis do to make ISIS want to cut their heads off? What did women do to be relegated to second-class citizens?

At some point you must realize that it’s not what we’ve done, it’s what we haven’t done. We haven’t, as a country, converted to Islam. That’s the bottom line. Until we do these people will never rest. That’s why the only way to stop them is to kill them.

When you start your presidency with an apology tour it’s no wonder that no country, no leader, fears us or our president. No one loses sleep wondering if Obama is coming after them because he’s not coming. The only people on the planet who are afraid of Obama are Americans.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

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