a disproportionate response


I’ll admit it—and I’ll admit I was wrong—my first reaction to the Paris terrorist attacks was that there should be a massive, disproportionate response against ISIS. I’m not talking about a widening of the war in Iraq or putting more “boots on the ground.” I’m sick of the whole Middle East. We’ve already devoted too much time, treasure, and flesh-and-blood to those sand rats—Sunnis, Shi’ites, Zionists—they’re all the same to me. They’ve been quarreling and fighting among themselves for over a thousand years. My first impulse was to just nuke ’em all and be done with it. No more hand-wringing about refugees and immigrants. No more implacable foes. No more “settlers” on stolen land. No more wars without end.

But I remind you that I was wrong. ISIS would like nothing more than for us to lose our cool and do something extreme, so they could do something even more extreme, thus setting off a chain-reaction of destruction and leading the world into an annihilitic apocalypse. 

In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold, that ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures including Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki, the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. After almost complete destruction, the world would resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and returning gods would meet, and the world would be repopulated by two human survivors. Such is the insane vision that animates ISIS’s vision of possibility. But it’s a myth.

I’m not the only person to have thought of this; some are prepared to make it a reality.

In response to a question regarding his policy on ISIS, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told Meet the Press in early August—before the Paris attacks were even contemplated by just about anybody—that as Commander-in-Chief, he would authorize the use of nuclear weapons to combat Islamic extremism. “Let’s face it, these people are barbarians,” Trump said. “And thanks to Obama’s failed policy in Iraq and Syria, they’re beheading Christians all over the world.”

Trump said he’s already conferred with a number of high-level active military officials and has put together a comprehensive strategy to defeat the Islamic State within his first one hundred days in office. “It starts with the deployment of four or five of our Ohio-class nuclear submarines to the Persian Gulf,” Trump said. “We’re going to hit them and we’re going to hit them hard. I’m talking about a surgical strike on these ISIS stronghold cities using Trident missiles.”

Trump’s plan to use thermonuclear weapons against ISIS-held areas such as the Syrian city of Al-Raqqah would result in an astronomically high number of civilian casualties, according to CNN military analyst Peter Mansoor. “Al-Raqqah alone has a population of over two hundred-thousand people, the vast majority of whom are not affiliated in any way with the Islamic State,” Mansoor said. “A strike of this magnitude would not only result in the loss of millions of innocent lives and infrastructure, but it would set diplomacy and stability in the region back at least a hundred years.”

Civilian casualties are an unfortunate “reality of war” according to Trump, who justified the use of nuclear weapons saying they “send a clear message to those who conspire against America and her allies.” Mr. Trump said that unlike past and present administrations, he possesses the “moral fortitude to do what must be done” to protect America. “We’re losing to China. We’re losing to Mexico. We will not lose to ISIS,” Trump said.

These are not just the hyperbolic ravings of a politician running for office. Since the recent downing of the Russian civilian jetliner, Vladimir Putin has reportedly moved many of his deployed tactical nukes closer to the region and he’s been meeting with his allies, including Syria, while issuing warnings to all his allies in the region to evacuate all allied civilians.

Now ISIS is threatening to stage an attack against Washington DC. Even an empty threat is sure to piss off a lot of people and make an intemperate response to ISIS more acceptable to the masses. According to Joe Cirincione of the Huffington Post, there have been disturbing signs that ISIS is attempting to acquire a nuclear weapon. In May, ISIS claimed that it has enough money to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and “carry out an attack inside the United States next year.” But Pakistan isn’t the only potential source for nuclear material.

In October, the Associated Press published a report about criminal networks in the former Soviet Union trying to sell “radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists.” The AP learned of four instances in the past five years of smugglers in Moldova trying to sell nuclear material to ISIS. Undercover agents were offered a large amount of radioactive caesium, with a smuggler telling them it could make a “dirty bomb perfect for ISIS.” These attempts were thwarted by authorities working with the FBI, but there’s no guarantee that they won’t succeed—if they haven’t already.

The world has become a very dangerous place and it is likely to become even more so. I agree with Trump in only one respect: these people in ISIS are barbarians. Their wanton destruction of antiquities which are a part of the whole world’s heritage makes them the lowest of the low. Their beheading and execution of so many innocents makes them the most base of subhumans. I don’t think they can be reasoned with. Yet we have to figure out how to defuse the situation in a way that my initial response to the Paris attacks does not become a normative thing or, worse yet, an actuality. We cannot allow ISIS to cause civilization to sink to their depraved level.

I don’t profess to have the answers; I want to hear what you think.




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3 Responses to “a disproportionate response”

  1. 1 Ronnie Savill
    November 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Dan in your first response why lump ‘zionists’ in with the Arabs and Muslims. The two bear no comparison. Zionists are Jews granted they can also be Christian or indeed no faith but by and large zionists are Jews. Thanks to the destruction of the Holocaust there are only about 13 million Jews in the world. Half of whom live in Israel. So what your first thought was you would complete the Holocaust. If Israel was ever destroyed no more Jews and no more Zionists. Without Israel no more scientific advancements that have seen desert become rich agricultural land. Why by all that’s holy did you lump Zionists into your first thought to the Paris attacks. The Zionists had zero to do with those attacks. The Arabs and Muslims had everything to do with those attacks. Europe is under attack by Islam. They hate everything Europe stands for. Tolerance democracy freedom to have faith freedom not to have any faith. Europe keeps on accepting millions of refugees from Muslim lands creating a rod for its own back. What I don’t understand is why can the institutions of Europe still find the time to condemn ‘Zionist’ settlements in Samaria judea golan and to basically try to prevent any trade with those regions. Israel is one of the few friends Europe has in an increasingly hostile world and the worthless politicians can still find the time to be bottom line anti Semitic. Anti Jewish.

    Dan I’m going to keep on taking you to task. Every time you say something that is just plain wrong. I want you to go back to what you are brilliant at advocating for those young people that no one else cares about. Without you who would they have.

    So Dan please stick to that and watch with the blanket statements that make me see red and I find totally offensive. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

    And after all that look after your self those boys in prison need you. If you weren’t here I don’t think anybody else could or would be able to take it all on advocating on their behalf. You need help which is why I still maintain you need to go to the press.

    All the best Ronnie.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. November 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Well, Ronnie, as you have pointed out, my first impulse (which I rejected) would have indeed completed what the Holocaust began… which is one of the main reasons I am repelled by the idea. I am no anti-Semite. As for lumping the Zionists in with groups with which I am disgusted, I make no apologies.

    The young man who assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Yigal Amir, was a Zionist of the most extremist bent. After two years of planning, Amir single-handedly scuttled any hopes of achieving a just peace in the Middle East after Rabin had signed the Oslo Accords, which called for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank that would, in Amir’s view, deny Jews their “biblical heritage which they had reclaimed by establishing settlements.”

    Amir was by no means the only Zionist opposed to Rabin’s peace initiatives. No less a figure than Benjamin Netanyahu accused Rabin’s government of being “removed from Jewish tradition…and Jewish values.” Netanyahu addressed protesters of the Oslo Accords at rallies where posters portrayed Rabin in a Nazi SS uniform and being in the cross-hairs of a sniper. Rabin accused Netanyahu of provoking violence, which tragically did come to pass.

    As one who is dedicated to peace, of course I am no fan of the Zionists or any other Middle Eastern zealots. But nuking them is out of the question.

  3. 3 Hat Bailey
    November 17, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    As another dedicated to peace I am also no fan of the Zionists in Israel, nor those with divided loyalties in our own so-called “government” who are masters at deceit and false flag operations, believing quite sincerely perhaps, that the end justifies the means. Do some research and learn the big part they played in carrying out the 911 tragedy. The former stewardess Ms. Roth has done a great deal of valuable research documenting their part in this false flag attack. Google “dancing Israelis” or “Israeli art students in the world trade center” pictured with their stacks of boxes of fuse holders, their moving vans with traces of explosive residue and radiation. Look up “Mitre” and other Zionist controlled entities that facilitated and enabled the attack to succeed.

    The real anti semites are those referred to in Revelations 3:9 such as the Rothschilds who dominate Israel and persecute the semite (blood descendants of Noah’s son Seth and of Abraham through Ishmael and Jacobs son Esau) population living in Palestine who have had their homes and businesses destroyed and driven into shrinking ghettos under the domination of those who hate them. Not to say there is not hatred and violence coming from both sides. Yet we get dragged into their family conflicts and those with their neighbors due to the false flag operations they are so good at carrying out. Yet I have no animosity or desire to punish either of these quarreling relatives, but neither do I think we should fall for their deceptions and spend our precious blood and energies and give up our precious freedoms due to their machinations.

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