"Words. Just words. Don't tell me words don't matter."
This week, the White House is convening a three-day summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to bring together local, federal, and international leaders – including President Obama and foreign ministers – to discuss concrete steps the United States and its partners can take to develop community-oriented approaches to counter hateful extremist ideologies that radicalize, recruit or incite to violence.Good grief! We are speaking of genocidal maniacs and the president wants to trot out the same old nostrums that failed to quell the violence between the Sharks and the Jets.
One can almost hear Obama drone, " It's your choice, son. What's it going to be? A green job sorting garbage in the recycling plant, free community college and healthcare or would you rather have perpetual intercourse with 70 virgins for all eternity? If that's not enough we'll throw in free dental. Besides that the posture is ridiculous, heh, heh, heh".
When does the band play Send in the Clowns?
Returning to Wood's essay, the world is facing something it has not seen since the Khmer Rouge killed 3 million people in the space of 4 years. ISIS is as much a cult as the Branch Davidians or the Jonestown Kool-Aid connoisseurs but it is rooted in Islam and to the embarrassment of many modern Muslims not inconsistent with the teachings of the Prophet. Yes, the "religion of peace" condones slavery and demands the crucifixion of apostates.
Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic. It is, of course, reassuring to know that the vast majority of Muslims have zero interest in replacing Hollywood movies with public executions as evening entertainment. But Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”The Islamic State's magazine, Dabiq, addressed the the division of spoils as ISIS captured Yazidis, a Kurdish offshoot of Islam.
Yazidi women and children [are to be] divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations [in northern Iraq] … Enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Koran and the narrations of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam.God forbid we apostatize from Islam but it's all but certain to the White House that such affronts to human decency can be subdued by "community-oriented approaches" once ISIS is allowed to voice its legitimate grievances. CVE may not make history but generations of historians may be debating whether Obama was a traitor or a fool.