As a former radical Muslim I am witnessing developments in the Middle East and globally that are very alarming and disturbing to say the least. Radical Islamists perceive a trend of weakness on the US part that is fueling their endless efforts to dominate and to establish their presence.
Up until 9/11, the US was always viewed as a world power that which is not only capable of defending itself, but also others at a global level. Indeed, the attacks on Al-Qaeda and its terror organizations in Afghanistan and worldwide ever sense was an indication of such power and capability.
Radical Islamists, the most noticeable enemy to the US, have been monitoring the US actions and reactions since that time in hope of uncovering hidden signs of ailments, and in search for means to gain access into the formidable structure of National Security.
Unfortunately, for the past few years, the US began to show completely different signs to the rest of the world in general and to Radical Islamists in particular regarding its stance against terrorism. A tone that is marred with
images of weakness, lack of interest in Middle East regional conflicts, shift in foreign policies and alliances, reduction in armed forces presence and capabilities, and most importantly willingness to work with the radicals at
In his speech at VMI, Presidential candidate Romney laid out a plan to reform the current US foreign policy and its handling of terrorism in the Middle East. Mr. Romney pointed out that the attack in Benghazi which resulted in the killing of the US ambassador Stevens and few others was the work of the same group responsible for the 9/11 attack, something that was very evident to the world, and Radical Islamists did not even hide. Yet, the US response to the attack was completely a different reaction from what the Islamists are used to. Instead of launching a swift attack on those responsible; as the Radical Islamists expected based on past history, the US was taking an approach of reasonable apology citing a short YouTube clip on Muhammad as the core cause for the organized attack. Such
public statements by various US officials did not solve the problem, rather caused the violence to escalate in the region for a very simple reason; THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS PERCEIVED THAT THE US IS WEAK AND INCAPABLE OF HARMING THEM ANYMORE.
Mr. Romney also discussed the current situation in Iran with regards to their threat of a nuclear capability that will negatively impact the region. Once again, he cited the weak response by the US towards such Iranian aggression, especially when the Iranian government is not hiding its chief evil purpose for building their nuclear power, that is the destruction of Israel and shifting regional domination. In the past Iran would have received a powerful rebuke and some from the US, yet today all Iran is receiving thus far is a slab on the wrest. Such reaction can only mean one thing to the Iranian regime, THE US IS WEAK AND INCAPABLE OF STOPPING THEM ANYMORE.
Mr. Romney then proceeded to discuss the current developments in Afghanistan and Iraq where Al-Qaeda is making a very strong comeback against the US and its allies. To the radical, this is clearly a sign of failed US foreign policies in these areas and a signal of weakness. Such developments can only mean that THE US IS NO LONGER INTERESTED IN DEFENDING THE INTEREST AND FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
What about Syria? Mr. Romney made a convincing argument that the people of Syria who are being killed by their own tyrant regime are watching how the US picks and chooses whom they can help and whom they can’t in the region. The results of this devastating attitude by the US is that the people of Syria are going to turn to other regional powers for help, such powers may not share the same visions the US have in regards to freedom and democracy. But most importantly, the US stance is sending the wrong signal to the powers of darkness in the region that THE US IS NO LONGER CAPABLE OF DEFENDING FREEDOM. Such perception has caused Al-Qaeda to strengthen its positions in Yemen, Libya, Sinai, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria, since they are under the impression that the US will not be able to do anything and those areas are acting as their breeding grounds to achieve their future goal of a united Islamic state ruled under Sharia. Case in point, the recent developments in the Egyptian election clearly points in that direction.
Finally, the recent cold shoulder approach taken by the US with Israel is sending a very serious signal to radical Islamists that a shift in US regional policies is taken place to please them in HOPE that such shift will bring about a sense of cooperation between the US and the radicals.
Unfortunately, such approach is actually sending the wrong message that THE US IS NO LONGER INTERESTD IN DEFENDING ISRAEL’s interest in the region, hence, it is perfectly acceptable for the radicals to attack Israel, not to mention how Iran may view that as well.
Mr. Romney’s proposal to reform the US foreign policies by exhibiting confidence in the US cause, clarity in its purpose, and resolution in its mind towards these serious regional issues that have carried a negative impact on
the US national security in recent years, is without a doubt the only way radical Islamists can be stopped and reduced, and for the region to look up to the US once again as the power it once was. Unless such reformation takes place SOON, the world will continue to experience a major shift in global powers where radical Islamists are at the center of it all.
Such global dilemma must be dealt with NOW. BACK TO BASICS.
For more on what Radical Islam ascribes to, read our book “The Quran Dilemma”. Visit www.TheQuran.com