And what it is pretty damn clear.
Last week some murderers in Paris killed a hundred-odd people in the name of their god. Since then the mass media has taken certain people to task for not saying the right words, the right descriptions for the murderers who boasted about what a good job they did at killing, and what a better job they will do at it in the near future.
But words are meaningless. Actions only have meaning. And the French did something, just as the murderers did. The French military attacked the center of where these murderous fiends are getting their support. Made them hurt, if only a little.
And now a majority of American governors have declared that certain refugees are not going to be allowed to come to their states…as if they have any say in it.
What’s happening here is a bunch of very un-serious people who are in positions of influence and even authority in America are trying to tell the rest of us that this murder rampage that’s been going on in Syria for years is all the fault of…somebody else, somebody not in power any more, or someone who is in power but has the wrong letter (either a D or an R, depending on the speaker) after their names. No one in the West is taking responsibility for what it going on except for those who are doing the majority of the murdering. And they are proud of it.
So what now? Not much, likely. No American politician will commit the resources needed to anything that will last beyond their own tenure in office, and we all know that the American president will last no more than eight years. So, the United States will essentially do nothing about the rampage. And because the Americas can do nothing, very little else will be done by anyone else, except the French for a few wees, and the Russians who will continue their desultory campaign as long as the cameras are rolling.
I will say the words “Islamic terrorists” so that the right-wing media will not chastise me for my failure to key them to my sentiments correctly. Then I will tell them they are phonies just as those that they condemn. Their war of words is a meaningless exercise, a smoke screen to cover their lack of influence and real power.
Then I will say the words “Islam is the religion of peace” so that the left-wing media will not start their “racist/sexist/homophobe/Islamophobe” drum-circle chanting and condemn me with their “Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism” and “climate change causes terrorism” fantasies. They will chant that they, too, are committed to ending the killing, but their solutions like a jobs program, or Muslim outreach in NASA, have as much to do with stopping it as a rubber band has to do with trout fishing.
This bloodletting needs to stop, but serious people need to commit to the HUMINT resources necessary, to start the enormously expensive and time-consuming work of understanding how their message of “my way or the highway” is so superior to the disaffected that it makes people want to kill–and to die while killing.
Terror networks are run by serious people. Serious people need to oppose them. We don’t have any serious people in America even talking about what needs to be done. Our “leaders” and wanna-be leaders are too interested in the right words, in popularity and what they get credit for. Networks like ISIS can be forever and claim that their credit will only be given after the are dead. Western leadership is very short term, and thinks only in the short term. Someone in the West has to take responsibility for something they will never get credit for until they are long gone.