Obama’s Speech: Should Muslims Fear ISIS or The US?
Muh Fell’ ‘Mericans!
Okay, so his enunciation was better, did many others pay same attention to what was said, how it was said and what it could mean for us Muslims?
His speech was brief but ominous, I thought. He started by talking about Al Qaeda and how the US succeeded in “taking out” much of Al Q leadership.
Yes, but at what cost to the people of those countries where they struck out at anything that moved, butchered dozens and sometimes, hundreds of people merely on “suspicion” that they were “militants or insurgents”? These victims including women and children. It would be no exaggeration to conclude that at least tens of thousands of people have been deliberately killed because of America’s zeal to “eliminate” suspects! Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was finally killed in 2009, after 29 attempts to kill him. Twenty-eight attempts in which everyone in the vicinity where he was suspected to be, was murdered…except Baitullah Mehsud. But that doesn’t matter, does it? The US stopped counting “collateral losses” after the stink grew too much…shortly after bringing democracy to Afghanistan. The US then redefined “Radical/insurgent/terrorist” to include anyone who may be in the same location as the “suspects” because (the US said), nobody had any business being close to a suspect unless they were participating in the same activities. Bingo! collateral losses went down to zero immediately.
Taliban, Al Qaeda, what’s the difference? they are all “terrorists” and against the US.
Obama then went on to describe the evil of the ISIS/ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq/ Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant). Indeed, it is undeniable that ISIS/ISIL is a brutal, blood-thirsty, murderous groups of people who might never get the world domination they seek, but they will slaughter hundreds of thousands of people before they are done. No question that ISIS/ISIL must be stopped and the movement destroyed, the only argument is how you go about doing so.
Over the past 13 years since the 9-11 tragedy, the US and to a lesser extent, the West, have pursued “Terrorists”, Al-Qaeda and “Radical Muslims” with a zeal not matched since the McCarthy era anti-Communist fervor. Muslims and Muslim organizations were and still are targeted by the FBI and other Security agencies. The US military has been trained to think of Islam and Muslims as the greatest threat to the US and to the “Judeo-Christian” West and politicians have built their careers on Islamophobia, especially the Republican Party. Muslims have been randomly picked up and imprisoned for years, they have been tortured and even killed, simply because some over-zealous cog in the machine, decided “Allah Akbar” (God is greatest) is a terrorist code. Or, someone saw a person who “looked too much like a terrorist” or, spoke out against US policy and actions against Muslims or, was simply Muslim.
Recently, as ISIS emerged as a real threat and as some Muslim youth went off to join ISIS thinking they were part of a re-formation of some imaginary Islamic utopia called The Caliphate, European countries and the US started to get agitated that some of the youth were going from their countries. Imaginations started running wild, as they invariably do (“from an abundance of caution“) that these naive youth would become hardened killers and some may return to the home country in Europe or the US and start off on a rampage against the West (Obama: “Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.”).
“Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve“. This is where I began to have misgivings, okay, a mild panic attack.
ISIS is already being portrayed as a greater danger than Al-Qaeda. After all, Al-Qaeda kicked ISIS out because they deemed ISIS to be too violent. What will the FBI be doing to “protect” the Fatherland against this even more violent threat? How low will the new standard be for the FBI, in the persecution of Muslims?
Perhaps every Muslim from the Middle East is now a fair target. But now, ISIS is supposed to have opened recruiting centers in South Asia, East Africa, Egypt and North Africa, so we are all suspects and therefore targets? I think we Muslims had better brace up because a tsumani is approaching…fast.
“we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground“. Forget the Arab Spring, Winter storms have arrived.
This is a dream-come-true for every dictator and tyrant in Muslim-majority nations. No longer will the US be talking about real democracy or any freedom for the people. Well, they will be talking about them, but no longer will the US be supporting Freedom or Democracy anywhere. This means shiploads of fancy, super-murderous weapons for every cruel dictator and lots of money…most for American bank accounts for himself, his family and cronies and a tiny bit for the “national security”. Anytime a dictator/tyrant wants to “neutralize” his opposition, to wipe out a village or a valley, all he has to do is say “ISIS!” and the US will rush more money and weapons to him (“…in the coming days he (Secy. Kerry) will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight…“).
Israel? Palestinians are screwed, Natanyahu has already said “Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas“.
Laws targeting Muslims, such as USAPATRIOT Act and NDAA 2010-1014 are in force, expect more laws targeting Muslims.
But then, maybe I am just being Chicken Little and maybe the sky is not falling down on us, time will tell. I just don’t have a good feeling about this new “War!” on Islam…er, I mean, ISIS.