A one-topic blog: how is it that the most imminent and lethal implication for humankind - the fact that the doctrine of "Mutually Assured Destruction" will not work with Iran - is not being discussed in our media? Until it is recognized that MAD is dead, the Iranian threat will be treated as a threat only to Israel and not as the global threat which it in fact is.
A blog by Mladen Andrijasevic
Learn from Israel, end the open-borders policy, and dig
in for a long war of ideas against Islamists.
ByAYAAN HIRSI ALI
French PresidentFrançois Hollandedeclared
the Nov. 13 terrorist attack in Paris an “act of war” by Islamic State, and he
was right, if belated, in recognizing that the jihadists have been at war with
the West for years. Islamic State, or ISIS, is vowing more attacks in Europe,
and so Europe itself—not just France—must get on a war footing, uniting to do
whatever it takes militarily to destroy ISIS and its so-called caliphate in
Syria and Iraq. Not “contain,” not “degrade”—destroy, period.
if ISIS is completely destroyed, Islamic extremism itself will not go away. If
anything, the destruction of ISIS would increase the religious fervor of those
within Europe who long for a caliphate.
European leaders must make some major political
decisions, and perhaps France can lead the way. A shift in mentality is needed
to avoid more terror attacks on an even bigger scale and the resulting civil
strife. Islamic extremists will never succeed in turning Europe into a Muslim
continent. What they may well do is provoke a civil war so that parts of Europe
end up looking like the Balkans in the early 1990s.
Here are three steps that European leaders could take to
eradicate the cancer of Islamic extremism from their midst.
learn from Israel, which has been dealing with Islamist terror from the day it
was born and dealing with much more frequent threats to its citizens’ security.
True, Islamic extremists inside Israel today resort to using knives and cars as
their weapons of choice, but that is because attacks like those in Paris last
week are now simply impossible for the terrorists to organize. Instead of
demonizing Israel, bring their experienced, trained experts to Europe to
develop a coherent counterterror strategy.
Second, dig in for a long battle of ideas. European
leaders will have to address the infrastructure of indoctrination: mosques,
Muslim schools, websites, publishing houses and proselytizing material
(pamphlets, books, treatises, sermons) that serve as conveyor belts to
violence. Islamic extremists target Muslim populations throughdawa (persuasion), convincing them that their ends are
legitimate before turning to the question of means.
governments must do their own proselytizing in Muslim communities, promoting
the superiority of liberal ideas. This means directly challenging the Islamic
theology that is used by the Islamist predators to turn the heads and hearts of
Muslims with the intent of converting them into enemies of their host
Europeans must design a new immigration policy that admits immigrants only if
they are committed to adopt European values and to reject precisely the
Islamist politics that makes them vulnerable to the siren song of the
distinct weaknesses in Europe’s current immigration policy: It is too easy to
gain citizenship without necessarily being loyal to national constitutions; it
is too easy for outsiders to get into European Union countries with or without
credible claims for asylum; and, thanks to the open-borders policy known as
Schengen, it is too easy for foreigners, once they are in the EU, to travel
freely from country to country. This state of affairs has been revealed as
unsustainable by this year’s migrant flood into Europe.
Does this amount to “Fortress Europe,” with a new Iron
Curtain to the east and a naval cordon sanitairein
the Mediterranean and the Adriatic? Yes. For no other strategy makes sense,
given a threat like the one posed to Europe by Islamic extremism. And if
Europe’s leaders persist, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in making a
virtue of the openness of their borders, they will soon be chased out of office
by populists better attuned to public feeling.
trouble is that such people generally bring to the table other ideas beyond
immigration control—not least the kind of fervent, illiberal nationalism that
has torn Europe apart in the past.
achieve all this, Europe would need to overhaul treaties, laws and policies—in
other words, take steps that before the atrocities in Paris on Friday couldn’t
even be discussed. Maybe this will be the watershed moment for Europe to
rethink the path it has been traveling.
Ms. Hirsi Ali, a fellow at the
Harvard Kennedy School and the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of
“Heretic: The Case for a Muslim Reformation” (HarperCollins, 2015). ***
France might have finally woken up after ISIS murdered 129
innocent people in the heart of Paris. But France is still fast asleep to the
danger posed by a nuclear Iran which is orders of magnitude more dangerous than
ISIS. There the chance to learn from
past mistakes will not exist. Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War update Nov 18: