Overcoming the Ghost of Chamberlain

The word ‘Chamberlain’ has become synonymous with fatal passivism.  Former British P.M. Neville Chamberlain famously returned from a 1938 meeting with German leader Adolph Hitler and proudly proclaimed ‘peace in our time’ – an exercise in naivety which was morbidly proven in the years that followed.

Today the world faces another threat and again, the ghost of Chamberlain has risen. 

The ascension of Daesh (aka ISIS, ISIL) in the Middle East has caused the world to take notice.  The actions of the radical Islamic group have been so vile in nature it has even caused unprecedented condemnation from other questionable Islamic factions. 

Early on referred to by a flippant U.S. President Obama as a ‘JV (junior varsity)’ level group,  the subsequent occurrences of beheadings of citizens of several nations, confirmed reports of Western citizens travelling to the Mideast and joining the evil movement, endless streaming news bites of mass executions of Christians, so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacks in North America and Europe – at the encouragement or in solidarity with ISIS - and of course the spectacle which was the burning-alive of the Jordanian warrior (in a slick, professional-grade video production), has caused the Obama administration to scramble.

They are now trapped in a PR nightmare of their own making.  Clinging to the narrative at all expense of credibility, the O Administration staunchly refuses to admit the ideology of the terror group has anything to do at all with Islam.

Like the ostriches in Canada who still to this day refuse to acknowledge a radical Islamic influence in the Parliament terror attack in Ottawa, Obama has chosen a system of deflection (“…remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ…”) and selective amnesia (“…whatever ideology they’re operating off of, it’s bankrupt…”).

By now the…I won’t call them apologists, but certainly equivalence peddlers, are shouting like Obama about atrocities committed by Christians hundreds or even a thousand years ago.  A simple Google search will teach all about the Crusades and how, after hundreds of years of growing Islamic totalitarianism (‘radical Islam’ in newspeak) they were finally confronted and repelled.  Yes, bad things happened during the Crusades.  Now Google ‘war’. 

For stuff that happened during the times of the Old Testament, Google: New Covenant.

The ‘ISIS has nothing to do with Islam’ argument falls apart, or at least should for most people, at the first ‘I’. 

I will concede that Daesh represents a very extreme view of Islam, an almost too-literal understanding.  But to intentionally refuse to identify an enemy which has proven its impact on a global scale is to take Chamberlainism to an almost equal extreme.

The rare Western leader the likes of Canada’s Stephen Harper grab headlines and cause days worth of televised news magazine round-tables for daring to speak the truth. 

Referring to the enemy using such terms as ‘jihad’, ‘radical Islam’, and indeed ‘Islamic terrorism’ has become so rare as to be considered taboo.

It also is the root for some of the harshest criticism Harper has received since becoming P.M. in 2006. 

Each time a Daesh or ISIS-inspired terror attack occurs and world leaders scramble to deny the identity of the culprit and downplay the significance of the action, they move us one dangerous step closer towards vulnerability.

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