There are two maxims the US Marine Corps has understood for well over two centuries; “Only imbeciles and fools fight fair, and won’t do so for long” and “There is only one rule in war: When you win, you get to make up the rules.” Interestingly enough, the Spanish-American philosopher Jorge Santayana once famously opined, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
With the Obama Administration already cutting nearly $1 trillion from the Defense Department’s budgets from Fiscal Years 2012-2022, there have been dire warnings, indeed, that in the words of political cartoonist Walt Kelly, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Yet as reported by Liam Deacon of the Breitbart.com news portal, The ISIS terrorist organization just may be following both the culture of The Corps and American news more than Americans themselves may realize.
Titled, Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands after a verse from the Quran (009: 014), the just released English language propaganda video meant for consumption specifically in the West, the Islamic jihadists are sending the same none-too-subtle message Mohammad exemplified 1,400 years ago – convert or die. Following their founder’s example of spreading Islam by the sword, the modern day jihadists have peppered their latest article of faith with phrases such as “We are the soldiers that fight” as well as giving notice to Westerners from Sydney to Sheffield to San Diego, “Just as you love your life, we are men that love death.”
The original video can be seen here via Heavy.com. Warning: Video contains graphic images that some may find disturbing.
In a rather slick bit of computer generated graphics stolen from the video game “Call of Duty,” the video depicts the destruction of the Eiffel Tower followed with slyly placed images of London and Rome letting the residents of both cities understand they’re on notice for death and destruction. Despite the nations of Western Europe and North America increasingly abandoning Christianity, ISIS is apparently missing that particular change in the census. The jihadists make a point of generically referring to all Western countries as “Nations of the Cross.”
Citing another Quaranic verse (191-193), ISIS did reach out to fellow Mohammedans to “kill [infidels] wherever you find them.” However, there was a glimmer of hope for those Westerners who choose to coexist with the terrorists rather than converting to Islam or being put to the sword. As also cited in their latest was a reference to the centuries old Jizyah, the tax levied on dhimmis (non-Muslims) who permanently reside in Muslim countries, “Know that your options are few: either you join Islam, or pay tribute, or face the war.”
In regards of the recent $1 trillion such divergent voices ranging from life-long Democrat and Obama appointee as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and also the former Commandant of the Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, (Retired) have both warned that the United States is well on the way to this nation having a “hollow” armed forces. Specifically to America’s Corps of Marines, Gen. Dunford warned at the time that due to politics, the Marine Corps was well on its way to becoming a force that “could not fulfill its mission during a major war, or respond adequately to crises and humanitarian disasters around the world.”