Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters told Fox News Channel’s Martha McCallum on America’s Newsroom that the Islamic State does not respect borders between nations, especially the border between Iraq and Syria because “it doesn’t exist for them.”
First of all, borders are a key issue here. We are obsessed with borders drawn by dead European statesmen. One of the many strengths of the Islamic State is they don’t see the borders. They’re not interested in our borders. The border between Iraq and Syria that hampers our operations – it doesn’t exist for them! And so they’ve got a profoundly different view of the world. There’s actually a much more flexible, healthier one in some respects, in strategic respects.
Colonel Peters went on to say that ISIS is gaining ground with its recruiting campaign.
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Of course Islamist fundamentalism is metastasizing. It is a growth industry. It’s got a brand. You saw that video released yesterday of the boy shooting the captive. Man, that is more powerful to the demographic, the target demographic, than any Super Bowl commercial. I mean, these guys are really good at what they’re doing and what their goals are. They know their audience, and by God, they have a level of resolution, of commitment to their cause, that we just have not and may not ever match. And oh, by the way, what was missing from Secretary Kerry’s statement? Any mention of Islam or religion whatsoever. We’re still in denial about the nature of the threat.