Islam-inspired Terrorism and a Desperate Need for Resolve

So we once again, received another lesson in radical Islam-inspired terrorism. This time in Brussels. What have we done? Nothing. What have we learned? Nothing. Why? Because we continue to refuse to face Islam-inspired terrorism for what it truly is.

This is an endemic ideological practice inspired by Islam that continues and will continue to grow and cast its nets across the world. Worse, we have yet not done anything to stop and destroy this political movement, yes political movement, disguised in the name of religion. It is an epidemic problem of such a magnitude that each day we do nothing, it grows ten-fold. And yes, they are amongst us.

That said, the battle (against terrorism), as with any threat is not and should be engaged at home, but as far from U.S. shores as possible. That has always been hallmark of U.S. national security and foreign policy. It has been so since the late 1800’s. It is one of the reasons we have kept U.S. forces, intelligence capabilities, and have encouraged and engaged in the development of strong alliances and partnerships to foster Democratic institutions of government worldwide. As Mark Smith noted yesterday, it comes down to institutions of law vs. law of the jungle. Islam will look for and seek out more liberal institutions to infiltrate and sew their seeds of propaganda, indoctrination and ideology.

Let me make one other point very clear. As noted, we are dealing with Islam. Until we are able to approach and address this issue on a “mature” level and face the problem for what it truly is, and calling it was it is, innocent people will continue to die, both at the hands of the radical Islamists, and by fault of the those (politicians and pacifists) who fail to call it out for what it actually is. As I noted, this Islam inspired scourge and its radical ideology and vengeful tenants is a ‘political movement,’ cloaked in a so-called religion of peace. To their advantage, they know that is our weakness, and that by virtue of political correctness, we will continue to entrap ourselves in a never ending effort to pacify, appease, and placate the Jihadist aggressors. And of course, never forget to stipulate, “how dare we, and who are we to criticize Islam.” Despite attack after attack, this endless cycle causes us to continue to rationalize our weakness and failures, and continue to question why and how did this happen – again. Rather than address, implement cogent plans of actions to take on the problem head-on, and show resolve and do it, we continue to ask why.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy and strategy matters for the private sector, media groups and outlets, and to political entities, forums, and political candidates. He provides regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private community groups in the areas of national security -- focusing international strategic policy, strategic engagement, strategic intelligence, special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric conflict. He has served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC, which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments, and strategic planning to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes.