U.S. Senator Chris Murphy has released in USA Today a manifesto that details his view on U.S. foreign policy and ISIS, the Islamic terrorist state that has gobbled up large chunks of Iraq and Syria, in the process creating the “orphans and widows” President Barack Obama hopes to house, among other places and with the concurrence of Governor Dannel Malloy, in Connecticut.
Following the ISIS inspired attack in Paris, France, jihadi websites proclaimed that the warriors of Muhammed, blessings be upon him, would similarly attack the United States. “The American blood is best,” some boasted, “and we will taste it soon.” Islamic scholars in India strongly condemned the attack.
Mr. Murphy pledges to “do everything and anything to prevent an attack on U.S. soil,” with one notable exception. Under no conditions will he support the introduction of U.S. boots on the ground to engage ISIS. Mr. Murphy supports “airstrikes against ISIL [ISIS], tighter immigration laws to keep terrorists out, and a political process to build inclusive Sunni-Shiite political systems.”
Precision air strikes, Mr. Murphy surely knows, are less effective and more dangerous to innocent civilians without some U.S. boots on the ground to gather information and guide the strikes. Some boots on the ground would also be necessary to train the indigenous forces that Mr. Murphy feels would be capable of defeating ISIS. This has been tried once and found wanting. In the past few years, the Obama administration has spent $26 billion, according to Mother Jones, not a neocon production, training troops that quickly disappeared into the terrorist woodwork once the JV ISIS team began rolling in northern Iraq, accumulating very expensive U.S. supplied munitions in their lightening quick putsch.
It has been impossible, for roughly 1,383 years, to fashion a “political process to build inclusive Sunni-Shiite political systems…” It takes a wildly fanciful imagination to picture what such a successful process might look like. Sunni and Shia have been at sword points since their theo/political split shortly after the Islamic prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, died in the year 632. These troublesome differences are hard wired into the understanding of Islam throughout the world. Bringing them together in some fictional “Sunni-Shiite political system” is far less possible than destroying ISIS through the introduction of U.S. boots on the ground.
Even President Obama recognizes the necessity of American military participation in Iraq. Following the ouster of Saddam Hussein and his Sunni minority in Iraq, the ruling Shiite majority politically isolated the Sunnis and, when some means could not be found to bring together what Muhammed, blessings be upon him, and time had torn asunder, President Barack Obama shrugged his shoulders and, true to his campaign pledge, walked off the Iraq stage, opening the door to ISIS, which proceeded to ravage northern Iraq, beheading Christians, burning their churches and forcing abducted female children to marry valiant Islamic warriors, some of whom recently arranged the murders of 132 Parisian concert attendees.
In building an “inclusive Sunni-Shiite political system,” it may be important to consider the Sunni/Shia distribution throughout the world. The preponderance of the world’s Muslims, 85-90 percent, is Sunni; about 10-15 percent is Shia. Sunnis represent a majority in Southeast and South Asia, China, Africa, and most of the Arab world, while Shiites dominate in Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Bahrain; they represent a politically significant minority in Lebanon as well.
Despite a century and a half of plunder and conquest on the part of militant Islam, Mr. Murphy, who has made several trips to the Middle East, asks us to believe that “it was the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq that provided the primary impetus for the rise of al-Qaeda in Iraq.”
ISIS may be the only Islamic terrorist group in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South America and Asia that traces its origin to the American intervention in Iraq. The Abu Nidal Organization and Hamas in Palestine, the Abu Sayyaf Group in the Philippines, Gama’a al-Islamiyah in Egypt, the Harakat ul-Mujahidin and Lashkar-e Tayyiba in Pakistan, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a worldwide group, Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Kata'ib Hezbollah in Iraq, al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, Ansar Dine in Mali, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Ansar al-Shari'a in Darnah in Lybia, Al-Nusra Front in Syria, and many other Islamic inspired terrorist groups huddle around a bonfire that was lit by Muhammad, blessings be upon him, long before the idea of the United States was forged in the fiery brain of Samuel Adams, who like Muhammad, blessings be upon him, believed in the efficacy of boots on the ground to preserve liberty and justice.
It was Samuel’s cousin, John Adams, who said that the United States was the friend of democracy everywhere, but the custodian only of its own,” a useful maxim to bear in mind. But Paris, Mr. Murphy should understand, is very close to our hearts. Europe, besieged on all sides by the widows and orphans of Mr. Obama’s failed policy in the Middle East, has mothered our liberties, and ISIS must be destroyed.