According to a report in the New York Times, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), issued a new call to arms Thursday, November 13 in a 17-minute speech urging disciples to “erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere.”
During this audio recording Baghdadi, who appeared to dispel rumors of his serious injury or death in an airstrike last Saturday, belittled President Obama’s plan to send more soldiers to Iraq. He exhorted Muslims throughout the Middle East to rise up against “the agents of the Jews and crusaders, their slaves, tails and dogs.”
He declared, “We see America (and her allies) stumbling between fear, weakness, inability and failure.”
And another report, this one from the Associated Press, states that ‘the leaders of ISIL and Al-Qaida have agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents’, which would be the U.S., Israel and other Western and NATO nations.
These nations better wake up, sober up and start recognizing these developments for the long-term existential threat that they are. We may not want to deal with this crisis, but, if we don’t, it will surely deal with us.
As for the U.S., President Obama isn’t going to change his stripes. We can’t wait for another Ronald Reagan to come along. We better hope the Republicans who now control the House and Senate have more courage and fortitude than their predecessors. Only then will it be possible we elect a President who recognizes- and doesn’t curtsy to- evil.