How refreshing to hear a Western leader – not ours, of course – name the threat we face, place it in historical context, and commit his country to a years-long effort to defeat it.
British Prime Minister David Cameron today raised the threat level in Britain – declaring a terrorist attack “highly likely” – and spelled out for Britons the actual problem they have to deal with.
Would that our president drop his meandering nonsense about synergies we have to create overseas and about the blame Bush supposedly holds for unleashing ISIS. All his rationalizing is what it always is with Obama, an excuse for not taking action. Because unless the enemy is Republicans, Obama lacks the nerve.
As Cameron said today, we are in a war against Islamists who want to destroy our society and replace it with their version of the Koran.
We are not just up against dudes with bombs. We are fighting an ideology that drives its adherents to utter barbarism, and before we recognize that, we won’t defeat it.
From Cameron’s speech:
What we’re facing in Iraq now, with ISIL, is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before.
This is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore. The ambition to create an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and Syria is a threat to our own security here in the U.K.
Let’s be clear about the source of the threat that we face. The terrorist threat was not created by the Iraq war ten years ago. It existed even before the horrific attacks on 9/11.
This threat cannot be solved simply by dealing with the perceived grievances over Western foreign policy, nor can it be dealt with by addressing poverty, dictatorship or instability in the region, as important as these things are.
The root cause of this threat to our security is quite clear. it is a poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism that is condemned by all faiths and by all faith leaders . . .
We cannot appease this ideology. To do this, we need a tough comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at its source.
We are in the middle of a generational struggle between a poisonous and extremist ideology that I believe that we’ll be fighting for years, and probably decades. We must take whatever action necessary to keep the British people safe here at home.
Cameron’s remarks, offering a brutally realistic depiction of the struggle, have been called Churchillian. Unfortunately, Mr. Cameron is rather less like Churchill than a growling, lunging Yorkshire Terrier.
Under Cameron’s leadership, Great Britain is eviscerating what’s left of its military, joining the ranks of European nations who have decided to stop defending themselves while spending the money instead on social welfare.
The British recently announced that they are cutting their active duty army to 82,000. That’s about the size of the army they fielded during the Napoleonic period. So the new Lion of London will need the United States to take care of business.
But our guy, of course, is the one who removed Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office.
Which leads me to the following point: Be very afraid.