While reading and perusing online, as well as conversing with strangers I often received the message that the war is over, countries like Iraq and Afghanistan should be able to fight their own wars, US needs to worry and take care of herself. Why can't Iraq, or Afghanistan take care of themselves?, is a popular question mentioned online. Well, looking at the reality of what is going on around the world with ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda in Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, and there is so many more one would need a book to make room for them all. Not only are there so many of them, they are located all over the world. There are of course many Muslim terrorist organizations in the Middle East, northern Africa. Then we also have numerous terror groups in Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, The Western Indies, France, Germany. Many Americans think that Islamic fanaticism is just a problem for certain parts of the world but don't realize that there are several of the so-called "lone wolves" located all over the country as well as Canada and our buddies in Great Britain. Reluctancy has created a plethora of safe havens in this country and other parts of the world as many Americans as well as nations still don't view these fanatic Islamic groups as serious threats.
Part of the reluctance deals with the fact that a high majority of the western world are ignorant of the history of Islamic followers' wars against the western world as well as the Middle East and Africa. They believe that these conflicts all began with Desert Storm, popularly known as the first Gulf War. They don't realize that the western world has been fighting wars in the Northern Africa/Arabian Peninsula part of the globe since War World I when countries like Britain, France, United States, and Russia fought against Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire which was partly made up of what is now Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria. Germany is not enemies of the US and Britain anymore but the territory making up what once belonged to the Ottoman Empire is the same area where most of the these Islamic groups originated from. ISIS covers Iraq and Syria. Al Quaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is active in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed the attack on France's Charlie Hebdo that slaughtered 17 people. The Ottoman Empire also ruled in places like Somalia and Jordan countries known to have terrorist groups. Somalia is especially known for being occupied by Islamic rebels. It is here where America fought the Battle of Mogadishu, famously nicknamed Black Hawk Down.
One can even go as far back as the 1842 Afghanistan Massacre when Britain was forced to retreat during a battle in which only one Britain soldier survived. This battle occurred during the First Anglo-Afghan War. A war that would be followed by the Second Anglo-Afghan War as well as invasions from Russia. These wars would superseded much later by the Gulf War, 911, and the War in Afghanistan. In between those wars took place the Biafra War in Nigeria where the Federal Military Government, consisting mostly of Muslims from the northern region of the country, tried to commit genocide against the Igbos, made up mostly of Christians who resided in the southeastern part of the country.
History teaches us that there is a great feud, much strife between the western world and middle eastern part of the world. And within this feud more importantly is war composed of Islam against Christians, and pretty much anybody who does not want to follow Islam. This feud did not just begin with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These bloody conflicts occurring for hundreds of years are not going to end by simply training foreign soldiers, sharing military equipment, and intelligence. This war is not going to end by announcing sanctions against various leaders and governments. And if Obama, the US government, as well as her people believe that they can sit this one out while allowing these countries across the world fight their own battle they better tune into history. Look at what occurred in World War I, Mogadishu, and 911. Look at what happened in France with the brutal murders against the Charlie Hebdo artists for drawing cartoons mocking Muhammad. Just recently a terrorist attack was thwarted in Belgium. The source of the attack stems all the way back to Iraq and Syria. Again the same area of the world where countries from the west have time and again faced countless battles and attacks. No the war is not over America. The battle of Islam against everyone else rages on and on while world leaders refuse to admit that Islamic fanaticism is more than just a bad habit of a few.
The religion that Islam is superior than everyone else is more than just a belief held by a minority. Look at the growing Muslim population in France, with conflict after conflict slowly rising to what may become a future civil war. France over the years has allowed people from all over the Middle East to settle their lands while not respecting the country's inherited laws and tradition. Currently the population of true blooded French people is being rivaled by the number of citizens originally from countries like Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. There is nothing wrong with allowing immigrants to reside in one's country but even if a fraction of these people do not respect your country's laws and tradition then even a powerful nation could face a crisis comparable to prolonged takeover. France will need to review her laws of immigration. The two brothers who murdered 12 people at Charlie Hebdo are of Algerian origin (Bora, 2015).
Citizens of France are in the process of debating how their country should handle the influx of recent Islamic citizens living in their country. Britain is stepping up immigration checks, good idea, in their country (Croft, 2010). The United States and much of the western world is still debating with the terms "terrorism", "equal rights", and "tolerance".The sooner leaders like President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have the guts to call a duck a duck the quicker this problem can be taken care of once and for all.
ReferenceBora, Kukil. "Charlie Hebdo attack: Funerals for killers held in Pakistan, while victims are honored
in France, Jerusalem". International Business Times, 21 Jan. 2015.
Croft, Adrian. "Britain raises terror threat level to "severe"." Reuters, 22 Jan. 2010.