Terrorism

Twin terror attacks in Berlin and Ankara remind West of true enemy, radical Islam

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While the Electoral College in the U.S. was officially making Donald Trump the President-elect on Dec. 19, twin terror attacks in Berlin and Ankara offered the West a fresh reminder of the true enemy it faces from radical Islam.

It does not matter if you live in a country like Germany, which has taken in 1 million refugees from the war in Syria and opposes the Assad regime there. Or in Russia, which backs the Assad regime in Syria and whose ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated on camera while delivering a speech at an art gallery in Ankara.

The enemy is making no distinction.

Whether you support or oppose the Assad regime in Syria, they’re coming to get you. Whether you take in the refugees or not — although your society might be safer if you didn’t — they’re coming to get you. The enemy does not care.

Image Credit: Thomas R. Koeniges LOOK Magazine Public Domain

Image Credit: Thomas R. Koeniges LOOK Magazine Public Domain

The truck that plowed into a Christmas marketplace in Berlin may have been driven by a refugee — a Tunisian man named Anis Amri is now being sought after asylum office papers belonging to him were found in the cab — but more importantly, it was an Islamist attack.  Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the carnage in Berlin, which matched the tactic used by the truck attacker at Nice, France in 2015.

The message is clear.

Radical Islam remains at war with the West. Its adherents simply want us dead.

And now it will be up to Trump, upon assuming office on Jan. 20, 2017, to prosecute the West’s war against radical Islam.

But Trump will be entering the world’s stage in an increasingly dangerous environment, where events have played out largely with U.S. acquiescence under the leadership of outgoing President Barack Obama as the situation in the Middle East has deteriorated.

The U.S. backed the overthrow of the governments of Libya and Egypt in 2011, and then opposed it when Egypt was reclaimed from Muslim Brotherhood by the military in 2013.

In 2011, the Syrian civil war began, with the U.S. backing rebel factions there against the Assad regime, a Russian ally.

The U.S. finished its withdrawal of military forces from Iraq at the end of 2011, completing Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to leave that country.

By 2013, the Obama administration was seeking Congressional authorization for direct military confrontation there to overthrow Assad, and even considered options to go there without a vote of Congress.

As the civil war in Syria played out, the power vacuum the U.S. left created the opportunity for Islamic State to fill as it rose to power in 2014 after capturing several cities in Syria and Iraq.

The war displaced millions of refugees, who fled the region for Europe and elsewhere, setting the stage for Islamic State attacks in Paris, Nice, multiple attacks in the U.S. and now Berlin.

Since then, U.S. special forces have reentered the theater in Iraq along with a campaign of air strikes beginning in 2014. That was possible because although Obama had withdrawn U.S. forces, the 2002 authorization to use force in Iraq, which overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein, was never repealed.

In 2015, the U.S. signed the nuclear deal with Iran that critics charge creates the path for Tehran to get nuclear weapons.

Russian forces too have since intervened in Syria since 2015, culminating in the latest offensive by Syrian forces to defeat the rebels at Aleppo, a rebel stronghold, this month.

Trump indicated on the campaign trail that he would focus U.S. efforts on defeating Islamic State and has hinted at the possibility of cooperation with Russia in that endeavor to defeat a common enemy.

In that case, the assassination of Karlov in Turkey, a NATO ally, and the Islamic State attack in Germany, another NATO ally, could provide a basis for Trump to thread that needle, but it will not be easy.

Countries like France and Germany have played both sides of the conflict in Syria, working to overthrow the Russian-backed Assad regime while simultaneously opposing Islamic State, fueled by the illusion that the armed opposition to Assad was anybody but radical Islamists. That convoluted policy has destabilized the country and led directly to the refugee crisis.

It will now be up to Trump to bring clarity to the conflict by focusing on the real enemy, Islamic State. By now, it should be clear that Russia will not permit the overthrow of the Assad regime. If the U.S. had intervened there, it could very well have brought the U.S. to war with Russia. That would not only be destabilizing, but catastrophic.

The path of least resistance, then, is defeating Islamic State, and working to simultaneously deescalate tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

That will likely require assurances that the U.S. will not act to overthrow the Assad regime, which should be easy, since the war there is already over and the U.S. has already passed up the opportunity to intervene.

The gunman in Ankara, who shouted “Remember Aleppo!” as he shot Karlov, certainly did not think that the war in Syria is over. He also pledged allegiance to the rebels there, reportedly saying, “We are the descendants of those who supported the Prophet Muhammad for jihad.” That is said to be similar to the anthem of al Nusra, an al Qaeda affiliate, another Islamist faction in the Syrian civil war, and the group has claimed responsibility via an Internet letter.

Defeating those factions, then, Islamic State and al Nusra, will have to be the administration’s top foreign policy priority. There, the U.S. and Russia share common interests, and cooperation should be embraced, despite allegations by the outgoing Obama administration of supposed Russian intervention in U.S. elections. Defeating radical Islam is more important than hearing out grievances from John Podesta and the now-defeated Hillary Clinton for President campaign.

At the same time, and in exchange for providing Assad assurances, Trump could then work with European allies to settle the refugee crisis in Germany, Italy and France — by resettling refugees into a more permanent setting. Trump’s call for halting immigration from terror havens comes into view, as well, but if the war in Syria winds down, then it becomes possible that the refugees could begin to return home.

But even if they would not return there willingly, the political circumstances in Europe may ultimately mean the final settlement for refugees will have to be elsewhere in the world of Islam, in North Africa or somewhere else. This will require more deft diplomacy by Trump to work with U.S. allies in the region, but it could help deescalate tensions in Europe as well while simultaneously denying sanctuaries for Islamic State there. Europe cannot be the dumping ground for the Middle East’s wars.

The goal now must be restoring stability across the entire region.

European integration of the refugees was a foolish, idealist pipe dream by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Sadly, it lays in tatters on the streets of Berlin. Now it falls on Trump to clean up the mess.

This is a guest post by Robert Romano senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.
  • BonLovesFreedom

    Every leftist should be required to read Kellar’s article, then have it explained to them in terms they would comprehend better, perhaps with ‘props’.
    The terrorists have been busy…although the majority of their ‘work’ is not reported. Here is a list of the past 10 days:

    12/21 Iraq-Bombings of Kurdish party headquarters in northern Iraq killed 7 people
    12/20 Syria-4 civilians burned to death by shariah court; families forced to watch in Deir ez-Zor (isis)
    12/19 Germany-12 people dead after truck driven into Berlin Christmas market; 50 injured (isis)
    12/19 Pakistan-2 people killed in bombing attack in Dera Bugti District (al-qaeda)
    12/19 Afghanistan-Bombing killed 1 person; 22 others injured in Kunduz (lashkar-e-jhangvi)
    12/19 Turkey-Russian Ambassador assassinated; 3 wounded in Ankara (isis gunman shot/killed)
    12/19 Iraq-1 person dead; 8 others injured from bombing in Baghdad (isis)
    12/19 Switzerland-A gunman entered the prayer hall of a mosque frequented by Somali immigrants in
    central Zurich injuring 3; also discovered a corpse at nearby Gessner bridge over the Sihl River (isis)
    12/19 West Bank-Israeli wounded by shots at his car while traveling at night near Ofarim (lone man)
    12/18 Yemen-Suicide bomb attack on off-duty soldiers in pay line left 52 dead, 63 wounded in Aden
    12/18 Jordan-10 people held hostage then killed (incl 6 police, 3 civilians + 1 Canadian tourist), 29
    locals injured from attack in Al-Karak (isis)
    12/18 Libya-7 killed, 8 wounded by suicide car bomber in Benghazi (isis)
    12/18 Somalia-Rocket-propelled grenade on minibus killed 6 civiians in Lower Shebelle, others hurt
    12/18 Syria-Car bombing killed 1 soldier from Turkey in al-Bab (isis)
    12/18 Syria-Afghan militiaman working at military airport near Homs beheaded (isis)
    12/17 Turkey-Suicide car bomb in Kayseri killed 14 soldiers on a bus, wounded 56 others (pkk)
    12/17 Chad-8 African Coalition Forces killed near Lake Chad, others injured (boko haram)
    12/17 Afghanistan-5 female security airport workers & their driver executed in Kandahar (isis)
    12/17 India-3 soldiers killed in Pampore, others injured (jammu and kashmir)
    12/16 Burkina Faso-Gunmen attacked Army outpost Nassoumbou near Mali border; 12 soldiers dead,
    2 missing, others wounded (al-qaeda)
    12/16 Syria-Bomb strapped to 8 yr old girl sent into Damascus police station; 3 dead, 4 injured (isis)
    12/15 Iraq-Young Peshmerga fighter executed in Kirkuk (isis)
    12/15 Somalia-Bombing resulted in 5 dead soldiers, others injured in Mogadishu (al-shabaab)
    12/14 Iraq-75 civilians executed, including a journalist, in Mosul (isis)
    12/14 Colombia-2 policemen were killed by gunfire in Saravena (eln)
    12/14 Bangladesh-21 yr old Hindu student abducted & murdered by muslime gang in Satkhira
    12/14 East Jerusalem-A 12 yr old boy & 2 police officers stabbed in their heads with a screwdriver (lone man)
    12/13 Egypt-16 civilians executed in Sinai Peninsula (isis)
    12/12 Egypt-IED killed 4 soldiers in their vehicle in Sheikh Zuweid (isis)
    12/12 Somalia-4 civilians dead, 10 more injured by bomb blast in Kismayo (al-shabaab)
    12/12 Pakistan-A young girl was killed on her way to school by IED in Spinwam, 3 wounded (isis)
    12/12 Pakistan-Bombing killed 1 person, wounded 3 more in North Waziristan
    12/12 Afghanistan-Explosion in Dangam District killed Border Police Senior Commander (isis)

    At least 753 killed by terrorists, including 208 soldiers, police, or security personnel, in 21 days of December.
    Total of, minimally, 2,601 police officers, military forces, or security personnel killed in 2016.

    13,716 people, minimally, have died to date in 2016 at the hands of terrorists with the majority of murders committed by islamists. 12/21/16

    • wow!!!!!!!!!!

    • Robert

      BonLovesFreedom
      Just look at it you are the ones causing the Radicals to win by cowering down and running from them, that is exactly what they want from you fear, that is why it is called terrorism, if they make you afraid they have won. You can not keep the true terrorist out, they will be able to pass any vetting you set up. just like our covert military, that is their training to subvert authority. All you are dong is making it hard for the non radicals by placing every Muslim in the RADICAL category.
      Why do you think the Underground was so successful in WWII, hide and hit and run spread fear, and you bunch of Cowards are falling for it, just because you are afraid of the Muslim religion.
      I bet all the covert operations wish they had cowards like you on their team.
      HAVE A NICE DAY

      • BonLovesFreedom

        Yep, I’m a coward, Robert. Surely you are correct because you know me so well and what is in my heart. Everything is conservatives fault, no matter what it is, absolutely everything. We act like children and if that doesn’t work, we riot, hurt people and destroy property.
        Do you feel better now, Robert?
        It would be appreciated that you not offer your personal opinion if you cannot speak in terms of reality. If you want to live with the muslimes, move to the middle east-do it now.
        Merry Christmas

        • Robert

          BonLovesFreedom
          Anyone who lets the radical ruin their lives re cowards no matter who they are.Conservative Christian Jews and what ever, the Radicals have won when you want to change everything to feel safe. I do speak in terms of reality, you want to do the same thing that the Radicals want to do just in a different way, get rid of anyone who does not believe the way you believe. The ordinary Muslims are is as much danger as any other religion from the radicals.
          Maybe you should look at how the founders of thi country thought of Christianity, it might explain why this is not a Christian Country by law.

          Source: Thomas Jefferson, “Religion” in

          Notes on the State of Virginia (1782), p. 283.

          “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of
          Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not
          advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of
          coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To
          support roguery and error all over the earth.”

          Source: Thomas Jefferson, “Religion” in

          Notes on the State of Virginia (1782), p. 286.

          “In 1769, I became a member of the legislature by the choice of the county in
          which I live, & continued in that until it was closed by the revolution. I made
          one effort in that body for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, which
          was rejected: and indeed, during the regal government, nothing liberal could
          expect success. Our minds were circumscribed within narrow limits by an
          habitual belief that it was our duty to be subordinate to the mother country in
          all matters of government, to direct all our labors in subservience to her
          interests, and even to observe a bigoted intolerance for all religions but hers.”
          HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • BonLovesFreedom

            First, islame is NOT a religion. It is a satanist cult. Second, it is NOT conservatives , but lefty snowflakes, cream puffs, buttercups, and cupcakes, i.e. demonrats, that seek their beloved “safe space”. Third, Thomas Jefferson hated muslimes. It was Jefferson who had the Marines fight muslimes at Tripoli. You may have heard a song mentioning it at one time or another. The last few sentences of Jefferson’s quote are trying to explain what the Church of England was demanding of the people, thus many fled and came to America to practice Christianity as they chose. You apparently have a commie core education, evident throughout your post(s). Sorry about your luck, Robert. You can do better – try real hard.
            Please stop projecting your way of thinking onto conservatives and blaming them for how lefties actually act. It is quite tiresome and boring as it’s been way overdone.
            Had a very nice, relaxing day, thanks…doesn’t get any better than that.

          • Robert

            BonLovesFreedonm
            Here is a link as to why the US navy was in Tripoli and it was not because Jefferson hated Muslims as you say. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/to-the-shores-of-tripoli.
            You may not think Islam is a religion but the rest of the world has and does think they are a religion,
            Jefferson was talking about what happened in the name of Christianity including what happened in this country with the first settlers killing off their own because they did not follow church rules.
            I attended a religious orientated college and we learned everything not just to be Christians, but also what had been done in the name of Christianity, and it was not a community college it is highly accredited, in fact it is even taught in Notre Dame.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

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