2015 could be the Year of the Jihadist

“In a rare, candid admission of not knowing what motivates the jihadists, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, said: “We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it. We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.” He was referring to the Islamic State (ISIS), but ISIS is not the only example.”

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January 1, 2015

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

Taliban pic

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. (REUTERS)

Not since America’s humiliating defeat in Vietnam has that country faced such a comprehensive failure of objectives as in Afghanistan, where last Friday the NATO flag was lowered to mark the end of a 13-year war.

While the ignominious April 30, 1975 American retreat from Saigon was a public debacle, best captured by the scene of the last U.S. helicopter lifting off from its embassy in the South Vietnamese capital, the withdrawal from Kabul was a quieter but sorry ceremony.

The event marking the end of America’s longest war was held in a basketball gym inside NATO headquarters in Kabul.

As a brass band played and a colour guard marched, the U.S. commander, Gen. John F. Campbell, uttered words that sounded hollow to many.

“Our commitment to Afghanistan endures … We are not walking away,” he said.

Officially, the American-led NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is shifting to a support mission for training the Afghan army and police.

But the Taliban, predictably, saw the lowering of the flag as an admission of defeat.

In an e-mail to journalists, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, “ISAF rolled up its flag in an atmosphere of failure and disappointment without having achieved anything substantial or tangible.”

Mujahid promised the Taliban would come back to power in Kabul.

If statistics from the last year are any indication of what is in store for 2015, the Taliban commander may be right.

In 2014 alone, the Taliban killed nearly 4,600 Afghan soldiers and policemen and murdered 3,200 Afghan civilians.

If this was the outcome in the presence of NATO, one can only imagine how things will fare in its absence.

And with elements of the Pakistan military on the border now free to help the Taliban, 2015 may very well become the year we see Mullah Omar back in power in the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”

These developments, along with the rise of jihadi groups across the globe, do not bode well for Canada and its NATO allies, or for any country that shares our liberal democratic values, from India to Australia.

The nature of our mutual enemy, the international jihadist movement driven by the supremacist ideology of Islamism, is such that after enduring 13 years of war, it stands stronger than the day it attacked the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 9/11.

Instead of draining the swamps to cure the malaria, the West has been shooting down one mosquito at a time, refusing to admit the existence of this ideological swamp.

In a rare, candid admission of not knowing what motivates the jihadists, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, said:

“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it. We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

He was referring to the Islamic State (ISIS), but ISIS is not the only example.

Pakistan is the original “Islamic State”, the mother lode of the pan-Islamist movement, while the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia together with the Muslim Brotherhood and its sponsor, Qatar, are all ISIS-like in varying degrees.

I wish I could say Happy New Year to you, but I can’t, for I feel 2015 isn’t going to be one.

 

3 comments for “2015 could be the Year of the Jihadist

  1. zardad kakar
    January 2, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    دهشتگردی کے خلاف جنگ جیتنے کے لیے نظریاتی طور
    پرکام کرنا هوگا سیکولر اقدار کو پهلانے هوںگےجسکو یا تو امریکه سمجھتا نهیں یا پهر جان بوج کے تشدد کی فضا پیدا کی جارهی هے

  2. Marion
    January 2, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Tarek:
    I do agree with your analysis about Islamism. But I believe it is Islam itself, which has been imposed on many lands by sword, is the problem. Islam has never been allowed to be reformed because of the violent tactics/dictates/teachings/solutions to most problems to the followers. All reformers have been harshly treated and have even not been considered Islamic by the original Sunni states including Pakistan. The result is unyielding loyalty to Koran, which was revised and made infallible by the writers in late 7th or 8th century.

    Unless the followers are allowed to think critically and give up on the idiotic ideas of 7th century this world full of the believers in Islam and the Koran will not allow the rest of the world to live in peace.

    There has to be revolution for reform to overcome the jihadists and their strict interpretation of Koran. I am a pacifist and do not believe in violence. But Hitler’s idiosyncratic racial superiority and its ideas of killing all others ( particularly the Jews and gays etc) could be eliminated from the German society only by war. I hope the World War three is not a war between the nuclear powers but to defeat the Islamism and jihadists every where in this world for all others to live in peace and harmony.

    May 2015 be the year for this and may even Putin realize that for peace we have to stop conquering lands. It serves only temporary purpose to fool people and use nationalism to cover up the failure of his ideas and promoting cold and real war .

  3. Tanveer Ahmed
    January 3, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    Hi Marion,

    I totally agree with your post. Mr. Tarik Fateh is a brilliant campaigner against Islamism but I do not think Islamism can be defeated by being politically correct and giving space to peaceful muslims in the west. I think at the United Nations level all religions should be declared as man made but allowed to function as pastoral care institutions to serve respective communities. All irrational religion based laws like blasphemy laws in Pakistan and restrictions on women should be outlawed at UN level. Muslims in the West should not be allowed to make their women wear the head scarf. It should be clear to them that if they want to be citizens in the they better stop self segregation by visible religious turnout. Anyway Marion thanks for your post. Regards, Tanveer (tnvrahmed05@gmail.com)

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