The Global Salafists now have the initiative

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Former British Special Air Service operator and now best-selling author, Andy McNab, writes in one of his great novels, I can’t remember which one, that in a fight, you never let your opponent move forward first.  When you sense an impending fight, attack, or go on a defensive campaign from which you may never recover (dodging a punch never ended a boxing match–landing a punch has done so many times).

America had global salafists, such as al-Qaeda, on the ropes, but failed to finish them. And when the next round of the fight began, we weaved and bobbed to just survive until the bell rang, hoping the judges would give us the split decision.

But there is no bell and there are no judges.

In almost every country in which Islamic fundamentalists operate extensively, they have taken an offensive stance. In Yemen, Afghanistan  Pakistan, Somalia, Lebanon, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, and Egypt, it is not government power that brings fear, it is Islamist militias. The situation is far worse than it was prior to 9-11-2001 and worse than it was before 2008.   The terrorists got the message: Americans want peace and aren’t willing to fight as hard as we are. America’s line in the sand was obliterated by mushy generalities and emphasis on American short comings. But fighting the global jihad with self-flagellating words is like fighting a termite infestation with peace offerings of cracker crumbs: The gesture makes the problem worse.

We can expect things to get worse.  When America withdraws from its foolish foray into nation building in Afghanistan, it is unlikely that Afghan military forces will be able to hold back the tide of terrorists, criminals, and warlords that await.  The Mother of all Mission Creep (MOAB-C) went from punitive raid to national level welfare.  The saddest thought is that we had the war won already and let politicians use Afghanistan for campaign slogans.

Whomever holds the seat of President of the United States after the coming election with be faced with some very tough choices. The withdrawal from Afghanistan and resultant violence will inevitably draw criticism from political opposition.  It may also boost morale for jihadists throughout the world. And yet, there seems no other option.

And yet this may not be the worst of it.  The world is running out of time to deal with Iranian nuclear ambitions, and Uber-Militia, Hezbollah–better armed than 90% of the world’s nations–appears to be readying itself for war.


6 thoughts on “The Global Salafists now have the initiative

    Royce said:
    October 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Interesting points and certainly valid ones. What interests me is where is the money coming from? You mention 9 countries (and there are more) where the Islamists militias are engaged in active military operations. It takes millions of dollars to mount and maintain that level of operations. Even with minimum wages, food, shelter, and clothing, the cost of arms alone is huge. These arms must be manufactured, paid for, shipped, stored, and distributed. The logistics alone are complicated with a number of middlemen all of whom get paid. None of these militias is generating revenue, even from the poppy fields, sufficient to pay for operations of this magnitude. Beyond that you have the command structure which also must have sophisticated planning and communications — secure ones because they know that the US and British Intelligence is listening to them. Something is wrong with this picture and I’m not sure where to look. Possibly Iran but I’m not sure they have the financial depth. Clearly Iran is arming the Syrians but where are the Syrian rebels getting their weapons? Whose paying?

    Bill said:
    October 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Every now and then I forget that you’re a fan of MMA/Boxing. The one sentence “dodging a punch never ended a boxing match–landing a punch has done so many times’ says so much with so little. Sternly worded letters and extended hands doesn’t seem to be working – and as a few of my FB friends show, we’re just as hated as a country as we’ve always been – seems like we don’t hvae much to lose by just taking care of our self-interest and being done with it.

    magus71 responded:
    October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm


    Russia is supplying much of the equipment to many of America’s enemies. Almost all weapons used by terrorists world wide are Russian made. Iran provides much of the technical training to bomb makers from several terrorist groups. Hezbollah, as I stated, is more powerful than most nation states, almost all of its 70,000 rockets and missles are Russian made. Hezbollah employs the Russian made Kornet missle system, an advanced man-portable, guided missile capable of destroying any armored vehicle in the world. Russia holds extensive contracts with Syria and Iran, providing advisors and advanced equipment, as well as direct military support, such as in the Syrian civil war. Millions of dollars flow from rich Saudi whom support Islamists. And unfortunately, America gives billions to countries that support terrorism.

    Also, America is probably arming Syrian rebels.

    WTP said:
    October 31, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Good post. Apologies for the confusion on that other blog. Don’t know how else to communicate this. We cool?

    magus71 responded:
    October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

    We’re cool. I’d still ban biomass, though.

    WTP said:
    November 2, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Well, I lost it with your friend. I’ve got a case of Heinekens that says he’ll ban me before he bans biomass.

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