At last, a Western leader is at war with radical Islam.
Too bad it is not Obama.
Leave it to a French socialist, namely President Francois Hollande, to take the battle to ISIS. “It’s an act of war,” he declared, soon after the terrorist group’s deadly rampage killed 132 and wounded 352 others, 99 of them critically. “We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless,” Hollande promised.
True enough, he then unleashed military aircraft against Raqaa, Syria — essentially the capital of ISIS.
Hollande Monday addressed a joint session of the French parliament gathered at the Palace of Versailles.
“The acts committed on Friday night in Paris and at the Stade are acts of war,” he said. “This constitutes an attack against our country, against its values, against its youth, against its way of life...This is not a war of civilization, as these assassins don’t have any. This is a war against the jihadist menace that threatens not just France.” Hollande added: “It’s not about containing, but destroying this organization.”
Hollande Tuesday invoked Article 42.7 of the Treaty of European Union, for the first time ever. The pact’s mutual-defense clause
requires every member of the 28-nation bloc to support France’s campaign to annihilate ISIS. In a major diplomatic triumph, Hollande’s request in Brussels was adopted unanimously.
Hollande’s profile in courage is a jarring contrast to Obama. The French leader understands that ISIS is fixated on brutalizing France and the rest of Civilization. Under Obama, however, America is unfocused, unsteady, and unserious about crushing radical Islam. Obama and his team see this existential threat as little more than random noise, if that.
“I don’t think they are gaining strength,” Obama hallucinated on "Good Morning, America" on Nov. 13, referring to ISIS. “From the start, our goal has been, first, to contain. And we have contained them.”
Nine hours later, a decidedly uncontained ISIS lit up the City of Light with gunfire and grenades.
And, on Sunday, Obama said
at the G-20 Summit in Atalya, Turkey, that ISIS’ slaughter on the Seine was “based on a twisted ideology.” He also stressed the importance of “hunting down the perpetrators of this crime and bringing them to justice.”
Here, again, even two days after this mayhem, Obama still did not get it.
This is not “a twisted ideology” in action. These are not vegans with Kalashnikovs or animal-rights activists with Dynamite. These, specifically, are agents of militant Islam. Obama needs to identify this problem, so he and other world leaders can concentrate on it and demolish it. Obama, alas, is like a doctor who examines a patient with lung cancer, offers to help him fight “a serious disease,” and then gives him anti-cholesterol drugs.
As for bringing ISIS “to justice,” the point is not to put these butchers on trial in a Manhattan federal court room. Instead, ISIS immediately needs to be blasted into a thousand pieces and prevented from doing the same to America, its friends, and its allies. Imagine FDR telling Americans that US troops had landed on the beaches of Normandy “and hope to have Herr Hitler under arrest and Mirandized in the weeks ahead.”
As if to advertise his cluelessness in neon, Obama last Saturday released five hardened jihadists from Guantanamo. Those who exploded 224 people aboard a Russian jet and massacred 89 rock fans at the Bataclan Music Club will not be impressed.
While Hollande dispatched
the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the eastern Mediterranean to help slam ISIS, the United States of America, for the first time since 2007, has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, one of earth’s most predictably dangerous waterways. This is dereliction of duty by the commander-in-chief.
Too bad Obama is snoring through all this.
Francois Hollande is leading the war on ISIS and rallying the world against radical Islam. As for Obama, will someone please wake him when it’s over?
Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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