“On November 4, 1979, Iranian students calling themselves Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, took control of the American Embassy in Tehran, holding 52 embassy staff hostage for 444 days – an event known as the Iran hostage crisis. In the United States, the hostage-taking was seen as a flagrant violation of international law and aroused intense anger and anti-Iranian sentiments.”
37 years ago a man known to the western world as the Ayatollah Khomeini took control of Iran and restored an Islamic form of government. 37 years ago this happened, almost four decades. In that span of time the United States has had six Presidents, six men, six cabinets containing some of the brightest minds America has to offer.
If you asked the average citizen what Al Qaeda and ISIS are the typical response would be terrorist or Muslim extremist. Very little thought, or press is given as to why these two groups are seemingly at war with the rest of the world. Haven’t any of you ever wondered why?
Al Qaeda emerged out of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The Islamic State (ISIS) began as an Iraqi organization where Jihadist groups proliferated in Iraq after the 2003 U.S. invasion.
Al Qaeda’s ultimate goal is to overthrow the corrupt apostate regimes in the Middle East (Shi’a Muslims) and replace them with true Islamic governments. Their primary enemy is the United States, which it sees as the root cause of the Middle East’s problems.
The Islamic State’s primary target has not been the United States, but rather apostate regimes in the Arab world such as the Asad regime in Syria (supported by Russia) and the Abadi regime in Iraq (supported by the U.S.). ISIS favors purifying the Islamic community by attacking Shi’a and other religious minorities as well as rival Jihadist groups. Now that American military advisers are on the ground in Iraq supporting the Iraqi military, the United States has become a primary target for the Islamic State.
Somewhere along the line the United States made a determination many, many years ago that protecting our middle east interest was worth spending trillions of dollars and sadly over the last 40 years American lives on. What are those interest? In my view, two things oil and Israel.
American’s created the middle east oil industry in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Not only did we create the industry, we also created the demand, the wealth, and created and supported the regimes that were sympathetic of our policies, needs and our efforts.
Why have poured so many of our resources into Israel? The reasons vary from our Judeo-Christian belief that the real estate is holy to its strategic military position and friendly disposition allowing us to serve as both protector and ally. The trouble with this is the Islamic faith also believes the real estate is holy, though we as a country, haven’t provided or offered our Islamic brothers and sisters the same voice or support for this declaration.
Do they have our attention yet? 37 years ago, we got our first taste of what was to come. Over the course of those 37 years we have continued to stir up the hornet’s nest by toppling regimes, propping up regimes, and by forcing our brand of democracy on countries who have no interest in our western world, thoughts or values, a democracy that the Ayatollah Khomeini likened to prostitution 40 years ago.
Donald Trump proposes that we, “get tough on terrorism”. So far how has that worked for us? Read the headlines today and you will get your answer. Getting “tough” isn’t the response. Getting smart is. We need to understand that this isn’t a “war” we will ever win. Honestly, our only “dogs” in the fight are oil and Israel. Maybe it’s time we reexamine what we are defending and why we are defending it.