America and Israel must fight Islamist terrorism together
By MICHAEL D. EVANS
Islamist terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world’s most dangerous man—more dangerous than Osama bin Laden—made the statement, “I’ll see you guys in New York,” when released from Iraqi detention facility Camp Bucca in 2009. Al-Baghdadi knew that many of his captors were reservists from New York with the 306th Military Police Battalion, a unit based on Long Island and comprised of numerous members of the NYPD and FDNY. The camp was named after FDNY fire marshal Ronald Bucca, who was killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Osama bin Laden’s global jihadist operation did not have a tenth the funds and support that al-Baghdadi has. On June 10, his ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) organization took Mosul, the Iraqi city of 1.8 million people. It was under the protection of about 30,000 US-trained Iraqi forces equipped with sophisticated US-made military equipment costing billions of American dollars. However, the city fell with no apparent resistance against the military power of al-Baghdadi’s ISIS.
Al-Baghdadi and his radical followers have announced a self-proclaimed government and caliphate. It is quickly becoming the most powerful recruiting tool for Islamist jihadists worldwide. It is not a “cell system” such as bin Laden established, but an army that has proclaimed a state carved from Iraq and Syria. Its aim is to grab more of the Levant region, including Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Cypress, and part of Southern Turkey. ISIS currently controls territory from Raqqa in northern Syria to the outskirts of Baghdad, an area roughly the size of Belgium.
ISIS is a radical Sunni group that is battling a radical Shi’a caliphate. There is little possibility that the United States will have any success in Iraq now. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a corrupt Shi’a leader who cannot be trusted, has an unswerving alliance with Iran.
In 2010, I organized the Fox News Network’s first interview with then Iran prime minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Before the interview, the Iranian foreign minister told me that Ahmadinejad was meeting with “the prime minister” at the Blue Mosque near JFK Airport. He did not tell me the name of the prime minister or the country over which he presided. I later learned it was al-Maliki.
Iraq is comprised of three groups: Sunnis, Shi’a, and Kurds. There is little, if any, possibility that a unity government can be formed. What I believe will happen is that Iraq will be divided into three countries, and the only stable region in Iraq will be Kurdistan. Kurds include 15 to 20 percent of the Iraqi population, which traces its ancestry to the ancient Medes. They do not consider themselves Arabs.
I received a state invitation to visit the region from Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani. While there, he clearly stated it was his intention to establish statehood. In recent days, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he supports a Kurdish state. He is aware of what is coming, especially since al-Baghdadi has voiced a threat such as the one he made in 2009.
On September 23, 1979, I had dinner with Isser Harel, then head of the Mossad, Israeli intelligence, and Reuven Hecht, senior adviser to the prime minister Menachem Begin. During the evening, I asked Harel if terrorism would ever come to America. He responded, “America has the power, but not the will. The terrorists have the will, but not the power. All of that can change with time. Arab oil buys more than tents. You kill a fly, you rejoice. We kill one, and 100 come to the funeral. Yes, it will come, and the first terrorist attack will be New York City’s tallest building—a phallic symbol.”
I tried diligently to warn US officials that this was coming, but I was mocked to scorn. I was told that religion was not considered to be a threat to our republic. The war on terrorism will not end because Barack Obama says it will. In fact, it is ten times worse today than it was pre-9/11.
What is the solution? It is moral clarity. The US has more than 200 military bases worldwide—six in Germany, 113 in Italy, and 84 in Japan. It is time for the US to establish a strategic military base in Israel and join that nation in fighting the war on terrorism.
Jihadists call the US the “Great Satan” and Israel the “Little Satan.” With a base in Israel, US troops would not be in jeopardy as this is not a conventional war, but one of special ops and covert operations at which Israel is expert. Israel has to be the firewall between radical Islam and the West. For it to be effective, the US needs to stop bowing down to family-owned, anti-Semitic corporations called countries in the Gulf region and unite with the only democracy in the Middle East, and the only ally America can trust.
The war on terrorism can be won. Israel is a thriving state that has fought this war since the day of its rebirth. She cannot fight that war throughout the Middle East without the help of the United States. No Arab country will declare war on Israel, because they have been beaten too badly and too often. Israel knows how to survive in an unfriendly neighborhood. The US must send a signal to the jihadists that the war on terrorism can be won as long as its fought with our strategic ally, Israel.
Dr. Michael Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His latest fiction book, Born Again: 1967 is available at www.TimeWorthyBooks.com.