Is there a price for beheading an American journalist? Is that really the question? The Clarion Project believes that it is in its headline. No, that is not the question. The Islamic State’s treatment of humanity is the broader question that is made poignant by this single barbaric instance. The Islamic State and the Sunni Muslims that follow them are heathens who commit terrorist actions in the name of pursuing a caliphate, and securing command of the Middle East. They are at war with the free world and any sect that is not their own.
What is the point of the Clarion Project article by Ryan Mauro?
Mauro emphasizes that the Islamic State is committed to beheading its captors if the U.S. persists in bombing them. Of course, the U.S. will continue to bomb them, and their recent act of barbarism has raised the limit to “all-in” by the Americans. Americans will stop at nothing to eradicate them. It is a take-no-prisoners situation, even though the military won’t say so.
- Kurds with women fighters had regained control of the Mosul dam
- Maliki is out and Sunnis have declared support for the new Shiite president who promises a degree of Sunni autonomy
- Islamic State is larger than al Qaeda at its peak and is “better resourced”
“[The Islamic State] is the most dangerous terrorist group in the world because they combine the fighting capabilities of Al Qaeda with the administrative capabilities of Hezbollah,” said counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, who worked with General Petraeus in turning Iraq around during the “surge.”
Based on Clarion Project’s assessment, combined with others, the Islamic State is a strong terrorist organization that is capable of becoming a caliphate if it is allowed to continue.
President Obama and Congress need to get back to Washington and to convene a bipartisan initiative to produce a comprehensive Middle East policy and strategy that is aimed at eliminating Islamic State while simultaneously addressing the causes for its existence. The United States government cannot afford to persist in dysfunction while this enemy is a clear and present danger to the security of Americans everywhere.
“Islamic State Must Pay Price for Beheading U.S. Journalist
The U.S. must deliver a harsh blow to the jihadists of the Islamic State. One that they will not be able to dismiss.
BY RYAN MAURO
Wed, August 20, 2014
The Islamic State has beheaded American journalist James Foley and is promising to do the same to missing American reporter Steven Sotloff if the U.S. does not end its air strikes against the jihadist group in Iraq. Islamic State supporters are ecstatic on Twitter.
The U.S. must respond immediately to deliver the Islamic State a blow that is impossible to dismiss.
It was a bad week for the Islamic State. U.S.-backed Kurdish forces,including female fighters, are battling the Islamic State and recently succeeded in taking back the strategic Mosul dam. American airstrikes are giving Iraqis hope that the success of the Islamic State has peaked.
Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki has resigned, resulting in Sunni tribal leaders declaring their support for Iraq’s new Shiite President and willingness to work with a new Iraqi government in fighting the Islamic State in return for autonomy.
These events took the momentum away from the Islamic State, and the terrorist group had to change the headlines. And it did.
The Islamic State murdered Foley, who was probably transferred to the Islamic State from the Syrian regime that it is fighting to overthrow. That sounds counterintuitive, but Bashar Assad has a complicated strategy aimed at ensuring that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda dominate his opposition.
Even though the Islamic State is calling on its supporters to kill any American anywhere, social media accounts of Islamic State supporters reviewed by the Clarion Project specifically tried to pre-empt criticism over the murder of an unarmed journalist. Photos posted of him in military fatigues are common, as are claims that he was secretly working for the U.S. government. One account described him as a “member of the Crusader army.”
The video of the beheading that the Islamic State released on YouTube showed footage of Saudi King Abdullah, indicating he is the next target. Clarion Project previously reported on an Islamic State graphic indicating that offensives into Jordan and Saudi Arabia were planned, even before conquering Baghdad and southern Iraq.”