It turns out yet again that at least one of the attackers in Saturday’s killing spree on London Bridge was known to be a radical and associate of a radical imam. What’s more, in this particular case the attacker was even featured in a British TV documentary called “The Jihadist Next Door!” ((words — even profane ones – fail me here! — Jemison))
The British authorities confirm he was “under investigation.” I’m sure that will be a comfort to the grieving families of the deceased and the scores of people who will now live with the terror of that night.
Mao Tse-Tung was something of an authority on insurgency warfare (he conquered China by using it). One of his maxims was “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.” Importing large numbers of Muslims to the West has provided that “sea” in which the jihadi “fish” flourish. I’m not saying all Muslims are guilty of these accelerating atrocities, only that the presence of large numbers of them, complete with cultural infrastructure, gives our enemies considerable support. Separating the “sheep” from the “goats” is the rub in fighting an insurgency (see: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan), and it’s never an easy task. It’s even harder when you continue to import part of the problem (note well that at least one of Saturday’s attackers came to Britain as a young boy when his family filed for asylum).
Right now, jihadism looks like Osama bin Laden’s proverbial “strong horse“ and Western security agencies look like they’re ready for the glue factory. In the same way inner city kids look up to drug dealing gangsters because they have no other model of success, the hundreds of thousands of young Pakastani, Somali, Yemeni, Syrian, Afghani and other nationalities flooding the West can be prone to see jihad as “manly defiance” of a Western Civilization they’ve already failed to adopt.
Mao outlined three phases to insurgency warfare: organize and recruit, undermine the legitimacy of government, attack all out when strong enough. In my view, we’re well into phase two of this insurgency, and our governments look weaker and more ineffective by the day. So what do we do? If we’re to succeed, we have to steel ourselves to some distasteful but necessary steps:
Most Muslims are peaceful people who disapprove of terrorism, but many are not. Opinion polls show a large and consistent minority of 20% to 40% approves of at least some form of terrorism. Support for ISIS generally is low, but much higher for Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups. By any reasonable count there are a few hundred million Muslims who in some way approve of terror, although very few of them would take part in terror attacks. But they are the sea in which the sharks can swim unobserved. They may not build bombs, but they will turn a blind eye to terrorists in their midst, especially if those terrorists are relations. They also fear retaliation from the terrorists if they inform.
The way to win the war is to frighten the larger community of Muslims who passively support terror by action or inaction–frighten them so badly that they will inform on family members. Frightening the larger Muslim population in the West does not require a great deal of effort: a few thousand deportations would do. Western intelligence services do not even have to deport the right people; the wrong people know who they are, and so do many of their neighbors. The ensuing conversation is an easy one to have. “I understand that your nephew is due for deportation, Hussein, and I believe you when you tell me that he has done nothing wrong. I might be able to help you. But you have to help me. Give me something I can use–and don’t waste my time by making things up, or I swear that I’ll deport you, too. If you don’t have any information, then find out who does.”
In the end, this is simple: show resolve, close the border and start deporting thousands now, or end up fighting tens of thousands later. As the organizer of “Sherman’s March” noted in the 1860s, “War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” So, are we in a “War on Terror” or not? On this day in 1944, thousands of young men stormed ashore at Normandy. Do we even possess this kind of grim determination anymore?
Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp’ in
D.C. Mordor, and the jury is still out on whether he’ll have any success. Just as necessary is draining the “sea” in which these known human time bombs are ticking. Given that the UK alone has been hit three times in less than two weeks, one would think this would be the top priority.
That it isn’t tells us all we need to know about “leaders” in the West.