In a recent editorial, martial arts icon and conservative commentator Chuck Norris pointed out why he believes Barack Obama’s response to the threat of Islamic terrorists based in Iraq and Syria is woefully inadequate.
Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has grown in its reach and influence over the past several months and, according to some experts, poses an imminent danger to the U.S. As it stands, the terror network has already claimed credit for the brutal beheading of two Americans in addition to countless other casualties of its vicious Middle East campaign.
Norris explained that the group consists of three times as many militants as previous reports estimated, citing the fallacy of Obama’s characterization of the group as “a JV team.”
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While he has publicly rebuked the violent methods used by ISIS terrorists, Obama’s prescribed reaction consists of an effort some – including Norris – believe will only embolden the brutal organization.
“The point and problem is,” Norris wrote, “if the commander in chief doesn’t believe the enemies of a free world are a real danger, he will recklessly endanger us by his policies of ignorance, avoidance and a lack of offensive interception.”
He described Obama’s plan as “blissful appeasement and too-little-too-late interception” in the same vein as United Kingdom Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s response to Nazism and President Jimmy Carter’s approach to the ayatollahs in Iran.
“Tragic tipping points with Islamic and other extremists are not new,” he continued. “What’s often overlooked, however, is how such inept political moves – or lack thereof – can gravely alter the course of human history and jeopardize the stability and safety of civilizations.”
Norris cited an eighth century battle fought in France during which an imposing Islamic army was defeated, thus preventing a takeover of Europe.
“As the West – and particularly, the U.S. – squares off against the barbaric Islamic State,” he concluded, “could we be facing another tipping point in the course of the world? Will we – like those in the battle of the Tours – rise to the occasion or cower in retreat and isolation?”