The war we face today is not my father's war. Today the enemy is different. The battlefields are different. There are no great battles with tanks, airplanes, and armies arrayed on the sands of North Africa or in the valleys of northern Italy. It's psychological and spiritual warfare. It's by design.
A 10-part documentary titled "Jerusalem" explores Israel and the Middle East.
On Thursday night, two Palestinian terrorists sat quietly in the Max Brenner café in Tel Aviv. Disguised as businessmen, suddenly they jumped up and began a deadly shooting spree. On Sunday morning at 2:02 a.m., Omar Mateen entered the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and began a rampage that has become the largest mass murder in U.S. history.
When President Barack Obama addressed the country about the threat of ISIS Sunday night, he predictably said one more time, ISIS does not represent Islam. “ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death, and they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world -- including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology. Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim.”
Since the horrific massacre last week in San Bernardino, it's been reported that Tashfeen Malik swore allegiance to the leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, and the caliphate. An analysis posted in The Long War Journal explained why that is so significant. Here's an excerpt:
As Americans recover from the shock of the San Bernardino terror attack, as the families mourn the tragic loss of loved ones, and as the Obama administration continues to obfuscate the enemy we face, I thought it important to cite two Islamic scholars who understand the war America now faces. For a number of years, I’ve had the privilege to interview Professor Moshe Sharon of Hebrew University. He’s studied Islam for most of his life and has spent much of that time warning about the dangers of radical Islam, long before 9/11. Here’s how he defines our struggle.
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