Not just optimistic for America, but optimistic for our enemy: When ISIS is militarily defeated, Islam might finally reform itself and join the modern world.
History is replete with examples of murderous puritan expansionists trying to impose their will on the rest of the world. These fanatics must be defeated by force, so that their ideas are discredited and their societies can move on. In recent history, Japanese fanatics had to be defeated twice (1853, 1945), as did German fanatics (1919, 1945.) Communism took decades to defeat because a shooting war wasn’t an option.
Now consider the Muslim world. While their holy book promises them world domination, Muslims find themselves nowhere close to that goal. In fact, for decades, Muslims have watched their authoritarian governments be humiliated by Israel, a tiny country of just a few million people that is engulfed by Muslims on all sides. It’s natural for Muslims to wonder if they need to go back to a simpler time, to heed the warlike message of Allah and follow the old ways to achieve victory. It worked for the early Ummah; it might work today. That’s why, over the last couple of decades, outfits from the Taliban to Boko Haram to ISIS have tried to win Allah’s favor through strict adherence to his instructions.
And now, for the first time in 800 years, they finally have a legitimate caliphate! It’s hard to imagine a caliph more qualified than Caliph Ibrahim, AKA Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The man is idealistic, shrewd, scholarly, erudite, humble, charismatic, and Qurayshi. If there was ever a time, place, and person to re-establish the caliphate, it is today in Iraq and Syria, by Caliph Ibrahim.
But ISIS is losing. Because it has made enemies of all the “apostates,” i.e. everyone other than ISIS and its few allies, it is being enveloped by the Kurds from the north, the Syrian Army from the West, and the Iraqi Army and militias from the east, all with an unending supply of accurate bombs dropped courtesy of the world’s most powerful air forces. It’s only a matter of a few months to a couple of years before this lethal aggregation of forces, combined with ISIS’ shortages of supplies and cash and rebellions from restive populations, destroy ISIS. ISIS might not disappear entirely, but, like al Qaeda today, the caliphate will practically cease to exist. Then the Islamic world will have to ask itself: Now what?
Muslims tried to rely on authoritarian governments. They failed. They then invoked Allah’s aid by following his word to the letter, including on slavery and crucifixion.. That didn’t work. So what next?
Hopefully, they come to the same conclusion as the Japanese, the Germans, and the Russians: Best to embrace the modern world and enjoy the fruits thereof!
Militant Islam is the major source of strife in the world today, and it desperately needs to be defeated. ISIS’ defeat might be one of the best things to happen in the 21st century.
Today, as Americans celebrate the haven we’ve created right here on earth, it’s gratifying to see that even our sworn enemies have something to contribute to it, in ISIS’ case through its inevitable ignominious defeat.
Happy Independence Day!