Media Mashup: November 16, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 11.32.02 AMThe Islamic State Must Be Destroyed

After the attacks in Paris and the bombing of a Russian airliner, a variety of foes, including the Arab world, Europe, Iran, Russia, the United States and others, have a common enemy that must be defeated: the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Let me repeat that: the self-proclaimed Islamic State. That is how the world should describe these murderers. They have proclaimed themselves as the keepers of the Islamic state, which means that people who are Christians or Shia Muslims must die.

It is time to set aside the many differences to eliminate IS as the most important threat to the world’s safety. That will take resolve, military might and recognition from every nation that soldiers and civilians will die. If, however, no action is taken, many more people would die.

Karl von Clausewitz, in his treatise “On War,” cited the important principles of war:

–No. 1: “War is an act of force, and to the application of that force there is no limit. Each of the adversaries forces the hand of the other and a reciprocal action results, which, in theory, can have no limit.”

–No. 2: “If our opponent is to be forced by military action to do our will, we must either actually disarm him or put him in such a condition that he is threatened with the probability of our doing so.”

–No. 3: “War depends on the extent of the means at disposal and the strength of will.”

The final point has prevented the United States from confronting our adversaries since the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. We have not had the strength of will to do much about anything.

Now it is time to understand the goal of war: “[T]o compel our adversary to do our will.”

No negotiations with the Islamic State will bring about any changes. Ignoring IS will not bring about any changes. Only the destruction of this blasphemous group will work. It’s time to cut off the head of the snake.

A few media posts: noted: “Not only do the home bases of these animals need to be rooted out and destroyed, but we’ve got to be seriously engaged in finding their tendrils, which have taken root in civilized countries. And that’s going to mean stepping on some toes and bumping up against that whole freedom of religion thing. If we’re not going to take the job seriously, last night’s [Friday’s] attacks are just going to remain the new normal.

“You’re not going to tweet this problem away, guys.” Amen.

I have no idea about his politics, but I applaud his indignation. Comedian Jason Manford defended online comments in which he criticized the “cowardly” assailants who killed at least 128 people in a series of terrorist attacks in Paris.

The comedian condemned the “cowards” who “slaughtered innocent unarmed people” in an expletive-filled Facebook post, which later led to the removal of his profile from the social media site.

Bill Maher thinks we are to blame:

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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