Jan 22, 2015
The latest Yemeni setback illustrates how off the mark the West’s strategy of defeating radical Islam really is. Once touted as a success story by President Obama, Yemen is nearing collapse and the U.S. installed government resigned earlier today.
Just a few months ago President Obama addressed the nation and explained that America’s targeted drone strike program combined with foreign intelligence partners on the ground in Yemen have lead to al-Qaeda’s demise. Sound familiar? The President’s first foray into war was Libya and after an expansive air war they installed an interim government with ties to the West. The intervention has since proven unsuccessful and resulted in U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens murder in Benghazi. After a series of attacks on the U.S. mission and the 9/11/12 terror attack in Benghazi the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was evacuated last year leaving terrorists to swim in the compound pool.
Taking a page from Libya, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi accepted $1 billion U.S. dollars so the CIA could launch drone strikes before he resigned. This prompted Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein, a ranking member on the Intelligence Committee, to ask the Obama administration to evacuate the U.S. embassy in the nation’s capital of Sana’a.
Even with the chaos spreading in the Middle East and Africa, President Obama only dedicated a couple of paragraphs to the “war on terror” in his State of the Union speech earlier this week and omitted al-Qaeda and radical Islam altogether.
Doubling down on Obama’s terrorism approach, Valerie Jarrett, his senior go-to advisor, said the administration remains undeterred and that the war on terror “strategy is working.”
Really? After a year of terrorist advances in the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Jayvee squad, now controls approximately one third of Iraq as well as one third of Syria. The land accumulation continued despite President Obama’s September 2014 claim that his administration objective is clear. “We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL (aka ISIS).” The disconnect between the White House and the Pentagon continues as military leaders at the Department of Defense all agree that airstrikes alone will not defeat a battle-tested radical Islamist enemy.
Europe’s version of multiculturalism
After the Paris terror attack by radical Islamists that left 17 dead, the media learned France was home to 750 “no go zones.” That revelation lead to Paris ‘ mayor threatening a lawsuit against Fox News for using that term and went on to claim that no such communities exist. However, further investigation revealed the areas are not officially called “no go zones” but Zones Urbaines Sensibles or Sensitive Urban Zones (ZUS). Nevertheless, France lists all 751 communities complete with addresses on a state website found here.
According to the Middle East Forum; “Those places in France that the French state does not fully control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassonne to twelve in the heavily Muslim city of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them.” Daniel Pipes, founder of the forum also reported that as of November of 2006, “the proliferation of ZUS suggested that the French state no longer has full control over its territory.”
Inserting himself into the semantics of terrorism, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also called out the “no go zones” in a speech given in the United Kingdom. Jindal said some Muslim immigrants want “to colonize western countries, because setting up your own enclave and demanding recognition.” Jindal, whose parents immigrated to America from India, warns that assimilation in a host country is crucial. “The huge issue, the big issue in non-assimilation is the fact that you have people that want to come to our country but not adopt our values, not adopt our language and in some cases want to set apart their own enclaves and hold on to their own values. I think that’s dangerous.”
And finally, terrorism analyst and founder of ACT for America Brigitte Gabriel claims more than 100 Sharia courts operate inside the U.S. So far seven states, Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Louisiana, North Carolina and Kansas have passed laws to prevent any form of Sharia law to be practiced in their state.
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