And sometimes, you just have to pick civilization. Your civilization. The one that still does more tangible, philanthropic good for more Muslims around the world, than almost any Muslim country. While at the same time staunchly guaranteeing the right of the Jewish state (and therefore the Jews themselves) to exist.
Da’esh weren’t an imminent threat to the United States. Da’esh were a threat to Muslims of the Levant. Many of those same ISIS men fled to new ground, like Gaza, when their caliphate failed. And they still talk the same talk about Islamic theocracy. And promise the same death to Jews, Christians, any Muslims who won’t obediently get in line, etc.
Almost every Muslim nation in the Levant knows these cretins are a disaster for anyone who trucks with them. Even Iran wouldn’t want anything to do with them except Iran sees them as effective proxy fighters against the people Iran’s leadership already hates. While Iran continues to oppress its own people.
There is no gain in appeasing the jihad. Doesn’t matter how the jihad cloaks itself in righteousness, claiming to fight for freedom, while beheading toddlers and raping concert-goers. And there is no wisdom in ignoring the jihad, pretending that if we somehow keep our noses out of it the jihad will magically pass us by, or stop caring.
That’s not how this works. Because the whole point of the jihad is to never leave us alone. Not America. And not any other liberal Western nation, either.
Brad R. Torgersen
And we have to understand and accept that a lot of countries and cultures in the world cannot and will not adapt to our values. Individual rights are simply a concept they are unable to comprehend and much less learn. It is like trying to teach colors to somebody who was born blind and deaf.
And unfortunately, some of those cultures, especially the violent ones only understand superior power and deadly consequences: If you are stronger and have no problem applying that power, then they will not mess around with you. We as a country can start by eliminating the idea of Nation Re-Building after a conflict: Let them spend decades picking up ruble and rebuilding infrastructure on their own without any help from us. Teach them, deadly if necessary that actions have consequences.