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"What would you say to a State Department spokesperson who claimed that ISIS wouldn’t be a problem if they only had jobs?"
State department spokesperson barbie Marie Harf recently posited that "ISIS would not be a problem if only they had jobs." Apparently, all that head-chopping behavior is just free-floating aggression because Hadji Hank couldn't find a job flipping burgers for better than minimum wage. Gotcha.
This kind of post-moralistic diplomat-speak is a product of a college education that spends more time on women's studies and environmental justice than on things like, say, history and logic. Truth is relative. It's wrong to say anything is wrong. Terrorists who kidnap and rape little girls aren't actually evil, just underserved by society. Maybe if they had better internet access, they'd have been exposed to more hashtag activism and turn their zealous anger toward, say, saving the spotted zebra mussel or promoting people's right to marry the zebra mussel. Whatever. “We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium-to-longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs.”
How's that working out?
An adherent to post-moral culture can't understand the power of faith. To metrosexual Eloi like Harf, religion is something that should be confined to our "pews, homes and hearts," and should have no bearing on how people actually live their lives.
But religious belief isn't like supporting your favorite football team. It is a foundational precept—the lens through which everything in life is interpreted. This is normally a good thing, since most religious beliefs center on things like loving your neighbor and doing unto others as you'd have them do unto you. Not so for Muslim extremists. In their world, the law of the Koran is the ultimate authority. Its law mandates global conquest—a global caliphate brought about by the sword. This is the end-all and be-all of their existence.
The jihadis don't need jobs. They have a job—it's to kill you. That's the only job they want.
Some people speak only one language—violence. For those kind of people, answering with violence is the only way to get your point across. America has in its service some of the most proficient speakers of this tongue, yet they are consistently being shackled by an overbearing administration that believes that we can win if only we work hard enough at not offending those whose only purpose is to work toward our destruction.
This year we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender, which ended World War II. The American strategy that brought about that surrender—hurt the enemy so badly that he begs you to stop—has given way to a new philosophy in Washington: If only we could give them jobs, and be very sure not to offend them, they'll have no reason to fight.
Such stunning ignorance is beyond parody, made all the more tragic because the same liberal elites who do everything they can to placate the sponsors of terror, classify the American meat eaters benched by this process as potential threats to America. It's like the administration decided that the best way to reduce bear attacks is to outlaw hunting, then embark on a multi-billion dollar program to entice the grizzlies to eat cabbage. The bears get pissed off, the park rangers get mauled, and Marie Harf gets another promotion.
Welcome to post-moral America.
We don't have to kill all of them, Marie. We have to be more committed to killing them, wherever and whenever and however we can, without worrying so much about how they'll feel about it. And we have plenty of men willing to do the job and safeguard America so more clueless, poorly accessorized mouthpieces like you can have jobs.
Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Rifle Association.