You know what the sole purpose of terrorism is? To terrify people into submission. By definition it’s “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” Usually done in pursuit of a greater goal, and usually that goal is control — whether over a nation, a region, or even a mindset.
While ISIS has taken a stronghold in the Middle East due to a power vacuum that was opened up by war perpetrated mainly by the United States, they are using their power of persuasion to get people to perform heinous acts of violence. Not only in the Middle Eastern region, mainly Iraq and Syria, but also globally. They have been very active on social media recruiting those to join their archaic and terrible cause. Some of those recruited are now committing acts of terror in the name of ISIS all throughout the world, even here in the United States. They want people to fear them. This how they feel they can control others to get their message across.
And while some will not be swayed by their heinous acts of violence, there are several individuals in the United States, who are using the fear ISIS wants perpetuated, to their own political gains. So in essence, when politicians, mainly Republicans, are perpetuating fear and intimidation in pursuit of political aims, what are they doing?
Listening to Republicans lately, you’d think it were the End Times. They want people so terrified that they will get people to believe that they are the solution to the overwhelming fear. That they will be the ones to attack ISIS head-on in another long, drawn-out war. This does two things for the politicians utilizing this fear tactic, it helps them win votes (political aims), and it helps them gain donors from defense contractors chomping at the bit for another war so they can rake in billions yet again.
Don’t believe it, here’s what Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz just said:
“We will utterly destroy ISIS. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out. And we are going to make abundantly clear to any militant on the face of the planet, if you wage jihad against the United States of America and try to murder innocent Americans, you are signing your death warrant.”
Pretty powerful words from the Canadian-born immigrant junior senator from Texas with no real foreign policy experience. Who the hell does he think he is with this bombastic, McCarthy-esque fear-mongering? His plan is to destroy an entire region? What about his beloved Israel? He is aware Israel is right next door to where he wants to make it “glow in the dark,” right? Maybe not. Someone should get him a glow in the dark globe for Christmas.
Then you have Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump saying:
“I would bomb the hell out of them — I like to do one thing at a time. I would knock the hell out of ISIS. I would hit them. I would hit them… so hard like they’ve never been hit before..
They’re using them as shields. It’s a horrible thing. They’re using them as shields. But we’re fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists. You have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”
Trump is, quite literally, inciting violence. He’s saying, as the top Republican contender for leader of the free world, that he’s going to kill not only the ISIS soldiers, but their wives and children. He has this big, bold, huuuge, egomaniacal mentality that is only going to get the United States into WWIII that will undoubtedly cost the lives of thousands of Americans.
ISIS wants a war, and Republicans are trumpeting that EXACT cause. We cannot submit to the fearmongering of either ISIS or Republicans who seemingly are working together to go to war. They are legitimately working towards the same goal — violence and/or intimidation as a means to accomplish political aims.
It’s disgusting, and each and everyone of these Republicans falling in lockstep with this mentality needs to be called out for what they are actually doing — and that is helping ISIS.