The Most Effective Counter-Terrorist Fighters Against ISIS [Sunnis]:
▪ Revolutionary Guards [Iran]
▪ Hezbollah [Lebanon]
▪ Alawites [Syria]
Once again, mass hysteria and inane pronouncements about declaring war against ISIS fill the airwaves. Nothing enhances the dramatic effects of a terrorist attack than the uncontrolled rage fulminating in the mouths of French leaders and so-called ‘experts’ on terrorism. More fighter planes and armed policemen with German Shepard dogs wandering about does nothing more than increase the fear factor that permeates a post-terrorist attack.
Instead of cooling down the rhetoric in order to minimize the effects of a terrorist attack, the political elite has enhanced the dramatic effect of the Paris attack to the point that they are inadvertently magnifying the power of terrorism to change routine life around the world. Terrorism has been around for centuries. Nothing is new in creating fear.
However, with the internet that small amount of fear in relation to other world problems [wars, drought, hunger, infectious diseases, poverty, pollution et. al.] has been disproportionately enhanced beyond credulity. I think it wise for our leaders around the world assure their citizens through a tempered rhetoric that whatever has to be done to counter-act ISIS, will be done in time. I recommend that we ally ourselves with the efforts of Iran, Hezbollah, Bashar Assad and Russia in their present war with ISIS. In my opinion, only these tried and tested soldiers whose own countries are really impacted by ISIS have been successful in combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
More importantly, I would take Hezbollah off the list of ‘terrorists’ in a State Department declaration.
For some time now, I have been a supporter of Nasarallah and his Hezbollah Shi’ite fighters who hark from all over Lebanon and quite frankly, are some of the most ruthless, effective fighters I have encountered in decades in the Middle East. How can anyone match the passion and vigor of 8000 young fighters who are trying to defend their homeland [Lebanon] which is only ten minutes away from the ISIS battle fields?
Next, I would support the Iranian Revolutionary Guards [IRG] fighting under the command of the General Qasem Soleimani who has had more experience defeating an assortment of different combatants over the past twenty years than all of our Navy, Air Force and Army Generals/Admirals combined. Let the combat tested Shi’ite fighters who continue to degrade the Sunni fighting forces of ISIS stay on course. In addition, we know that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, U.A.E. fund ISIS so we must cut off the supply lines and money from the Salafists supporters in Saudi Arabia; even if that means a major military coup against the inept, lazy Royal Saudi Family [which is neither royal nor a family—simply a British creation after WWI].
Remember: this ISIS mess on Syrian/Iraqi battlefields and beyond is a result of the Bush/Cheney disaster of the initial Iraq invasion.
Terrorism can be easily defeated if one has the will and ruthless capacity to engage in surgical assassinations and neutralizations of Sunni Leaders [including clerics, scholars et.al.] wherever they may be found supporting ISIS. I would make certain that Russia and especially Vladimir Putin has our full cooperation irrespective of our minor differences in the Ukraine or anywhere else. America will have no better ally than the Russians.
In times of danger and war, Russia has always fought alongside Americans to defeat a common enemy i.e. Nazi Germany. The Russians are formidable fighters and will stop at nothing to extract revenge against those who may have hurt their innocent victims –as in the MetroJet explosion over the Sinai Desert.
Lastly, the refugee flow must stop now. Our State Department cannot be trusted to vet out the different refugees who might want to enter the USA. Unfortunately, that is the sad truth. For now, we, Americans, cannot accept refugees until we create a system that is far more effective than what the State Department currently has.
I do not trust Obama nor Kerry when they say anything related to this present crisis. Neither one has a coherent strategy in place to deal with the multitudes of problems with which we, Americans, are presently confronting. I am also leery of our new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr [Marine] who in his confirmation hearings declared that our number one enemy was ‘Russia’ ?!?.
It’s time to take a deep breath and realize that the best antidote to terror is leading a normal life which signals to the world that nothing will stop us from building our country even in times of a clear and present danger.
Let me end with the wise words of the great American poet, Robert Frost:
“Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son his hardships that made him rich.”