After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 it would have seemed unthinkable that the USA might one day take a back seat in the War on Terror. However, it seems that now, some 13 years later in September of 2014, that moment has finally come. We have abdicated our role as the tip of the sword in the war against terrorism.
The fight has been difficult and we’ve made more than a few mistakes and unforced errors – but the war itself is burning hotter than ever.
ISIS has become the most dangerous name in terrorism – reaching new levels of strength that no terrorist group has seen before.
Al Qaeda is regrouping and gaining strength – a surprise considering how near death they were just a couple of short years ago.
New terrorist organizations are popping up and building strength all over the Islamic world – Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al-Shabaab in Kenya, Abu Sayyaf in the Phillipines, Hamas rules in Gaza, Hezbollah rules in Lebannon, Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, Ansar Jerusalem and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, multiple groups now tied to ISIS in Malaysia, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Lashkar E Taiba in Pakistan and India, and many many more…
Perhaps the long slog of fighting and rebuilding in Iraq and Afghanistan, while weakening world terrorism, did more to weaken the USA? Once a weakened America withdrew from those nations – the terrorists resurged much more quickly than we did. Even now, our nation may not yet have the stomach for the fight… which leads us to a speech from British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday.
In this portion he speaks specifically to the threat posed by ISIS and what the UK plans to do about it.
“As I’ve said all along, this is not a knee-jerk response or sweeping, blanket changes that would be ineffective. It’s not about just new powers, but about how we tackle extremism in all forms. … We will in the end defeat this extremism.”
Must be nice to have a leader with a strategy on dealing with the gravest terrorist threat on the planet. However, the rest of Prime Minister Cameron’s speech also showcased how far we’ve fallen politically over the last 6 years. The UK is taking the lead, not just on ISIS, but seemingly on every important foreign policy topic of the day. From Russia to Iraq, the UK recognizes the serious dangers flaring up and the threats posed to the Western world and has decided to do something about those threats.