The picture is of self-appointed Sharia police in Germany. They ran afoul of the German police as they attempted to enforce sharia law on Germans that were drinking.
This little incident came to mind last night after I heard the President’s speech regarding taking military action against ISIS.
The President is quite right to categorize ISIS as a terrorist organization and quite right to try to form a coalition of the willing to do something about it.
There was at least one thing missing from the President’s speech and that was the word, caliphate. The goal of ISIS is a caliphate, that is Islamic rule worldwide from a central caliphate not dissimilar to the old Ottoman Empire who were the last Islamists to try it.
What the President and his advisors do not seem to get is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. One way is military conquest like ISIS is capable of doing but the other way is more subtle.
The other way is to infiltrate western cultures and claim special rights like enforcing sharia on Moslems and non-Moslems alike. Then when busted claim victim status. racism and cultural insensitivity.
The subtle way is probably more effective in the long run especially because most of the west is naive about caliphate goals and frankly uber sensitive to anyone who claims victim status.
It has already been established that many ISIS fighters hold western passports and that should prove that within western nations there is a ready-made “fifth column” ready to take up the cause and methods of ISIS in those western nations. I would suggest that the sharia police are already on board philosophically with their more militant cousins and their goals are identical.
The war on Islamic fascism is bigger than you seem to think Mr. President.