Like most people, I’ve been in a pretty much permanent state of outrage since the atrocities in Paris last Friday. I wasn’t shocked, of course. I wasn’t even slightly surprised. Attacks like this have happened before, and they’re going to happen again. And again, and again. I was definitely outraged though, and that rage was fuelled by the circumstances. I’d already been quietly boiling most of Friday, thanks to the reaction by many people to the death of Mohammed Emwazi (AKA Jihadi John) that morning at the hands of an American missile. I’m not sure why so many people believe “drone strikes” are illegal, or what international law was supposedly broken by the attack, but these are widespread memes on the internet. Never mind. What really started to make me angry was the reaction to the first news from Paris, which was “I told you so! This is retaliation for the west’s murder of that poor misguided man.”
Obviously that’s nonsense – the Paris attack would have taken weeks to plan, and we now know the pieces were moving at least as early as the first week of October – but some people are so blinded by their hatred of their own countries that they’ll happily throw reality out the window to boost their own moral smugness. Linking the two events fits their narrative of “violence only begets violence” so fuck the truth, let’s go with what makes us feel righteous, shall we?
No, let’s not. Violence is unattractive and regrettable, but it can be a very effective solution and sometimes it’s the only one. When a rabid dog attacks there’s not much point in starting a dialogue with it and building your understanding of why it acts that way. You better shoot it, quickly, or it’s going to condemn you to a hideous death. Ironically enough, that’s what ISIS wants to do too.
Anyway, right now those who object to violence have a problem. ISIS has clearly and repeatedly declared war on the west. This is a bit awkward for the appeasers, but they’re bravely fighting back (in a manner of speaking) with one of the most breathtakingly stupid arguments I have ever seen in a life of arguing with stupid people. “ISIS wants us to treat this as a war,” they say, “So we shouldn’t do it. Let’s not fight.”
I have news for these morons. When somebody declares war on you, it doesn’t matter what you think. You don’t get to return the invitation with a note that says you’d rather not, because the war has already begun. It isn’t something that will go away if you ignore it. The Islamic State has declared war on France, Britain, the USA and every other western nation and that means that, whether you like it or not, whether it offends your precious dedication to non-violence or not and whether you can pull your head out of your arse and face facts or not, we are at war with Islamic State.
And that means the perpetually offended have to face a few home truths. Because ISIS have declared war on us, the rules have changed – literally. A US citizen fighting for ISIS has lost a lot of their constitutional rights. The US government can kill them without trial, without warning – without any justification being required beyond the simple fact that he is on ISIS’s side and not ours. If western-born jihadis don’t want to be summarily killed by their own governments, their only option is to surrender.
War isn’t nice, and it’s understandable that most people want to avoid it wherever possible, but we can’t avoid this one. Our enemy declared it, so our opinion is irrelevant. We surrender or we fight. All other choices have gone.
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