ABC News reports:
France is a member of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which consists of the United States and 27 other countries. NATO’s charter declares: “NATO is committed to the principle that an attack against one or several members is considered as an attack against all.” (Emphasis added.)
French President Francois Hollande labeled the ISIS attacks on Paris “an act of war.” If so, every NATO member—if the treaty has any real relevance—must also be considered to have been attacked. The response to the Paris attacks then seems clear to me: NATO must declare war on ISIS, and clean out that Islamic cesspool once and for all. We do not need another drawn-out Bush-style welfare war. We need to do what President Hollande vowed to do: “attack the Islamic State group without mercy.” (Emphasis added.)
ISIS, also known as ISIL or Da’ish, is not the enemy. It is a branch of the enemy—an imperialist, global Islamic movement, rooted in fundamentalist Islam religion, that seeks a world totalitarian theocracy under Sharia law. Destroying ISIS will not end the larger threat posed by Islamic totalitarianism. But mercilessly destroying ISIS would be a good step forward toward that goal. The Paris attacks have provided clarity to what we are up against and what must be done. We should do it.
I don’t mean to imply that destroying ISIS would be tactically or strategically simple, from a military perspective. But from a principled perspective, it is crystal clear. ISIS is brimming with confidence. The West’s generally weak-kneed, head-in-the-sand response to Imperialist Islamic Totalitarianism—like referring to this conflict as a mere “War on Terrorism”—has given Islamists like ISIS ample reason for that confidence. It’s time to begin to shatter that confidence.
Winning the Unwinnable War—Elan Journo
Boston Bombers; Part of a Vast Enemy Movement
WHAT MAKES THE ISLAMIST MOVEMENT TICK—Elan Journo