The so-called Caliphate, ISIS, Islamic State or DAESH has fallen. Iraqi troops, supported by U.S. advisors have finally captured the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque at the heart of Mosul.
Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi has declared the end of this self-styled caliphate’s end. The 850-yearold Grand al-Nuri mosque is in ruins, its brickwork, minaret and dome are reduced to rubble. This was the mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate back in 2014 after racing thorough Iraq with his 30,000-strong army of followers.
After eight miserable years of leading from behind, drawing imaginary lines in the sand, making empty threats and trying to run the military from the White House by a hapless and mostly helpless weak president, there is now new leadership in the United Sates which the enemy will respect. Generals run wars and not politicians; a lesson learned the hard way.
Within the last six months, U.S. forces lobbed 59 cruise missiles into Syria; dropped a MOAB into Afghanistan and told the whole world that the paper tiger is no more, the world is a different place. America is once again respected by her allies and feared by her enemies. Despitethe silly political maneuvers in the swamp, life goes on.
Terrorism has not ended. It may never end. It is a disease which we learned about eight years ago, but by our non-actions as well as some wrong actions, it was left to metastasize like incurable cancer and grow and now located itself in almost every country in the world. Unless and until every single terror cell is destroyed, every terrorist is sent to the place where rivers of honey flow and numerous virgins dance on emerald colored grass waiting for their arrival. The ideology will take longer to eradicate, as liberal educators in places of higher learning continue to poison the youth of our country as well as all other faraway places around the world.
It is worthy to note that the last legitimate caliphate was the Emperor of the Ottomans. The institution was officially ended by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, father of modern Turkey on March 3, 1924. Abdülmecid, the last caliph was sent into exile along with the remaining members of the Ottoman House, marking the official end of the Ottoman Caliphate.
A caliphate is an Islamic state. It’s led by a caliph, who isa political and religious leader who is a successor (caliph) to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. His power and authority is absolute.
ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dreamt of establishing the next caliphate and turning the world into an Islamic caliphate. To this end, they took advantage of a weak American president and an almost non-existent government authority in Iraq grew their so-called caliphate in. Terrorizing local populations, killing men, women and children mercilessly, they grew in numbers. Money was no problem as they seized oil fields and were successful in exporting the stolen oil and turning into cash. Many unscrupulous governments in the area purchased this oil, thus helping the terrorist capture more and more territory.
What happens next?
I guess that is the big question. At the present time, ISIS still holds some territory in Iraq. They abandoned Raqqa (their so-called capital city) and Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq; however, they did not totally disappear. Certainly, they will gather somewhere else and try to start all over again. We must always be vigilant and make sure they do not grow again. Wherever their ugly heads pop-up, that is where they should bedefeated. They are like cockroaches; they can live under water, under dirt, in caves for many years, grow in numbers and then attack somewhere where they see a weakness. That is their modus operandi.
Mistakes of the last eight years must never be repeated. Territories gained by force, blood, sweat and tears and huge sacrifices made by our sons, daughters, moms, dads, brothers and sisters should never be completely abandoned.
It is not easy to gain “great nation” status, but it is easy to lose it. And if we do, a caliphate or many caliphates will replace us and the world will be an unbearable place for everyone. North Koreans atrocities will look like child’s play as opposed to what a caliph and his caliphate can do to a Western nation.
As the so-called short-lived ISIS caliphate proved to all of us that they hate the West and the Western civilization; human life has no meaning under all circumstances. The next few months will show us if we are totally serious and totally committed to end these caliphate dreams forever.
Tarik Ayasun is a Marco Island resident who contributes a regular column to Coastal Breeze News. Contact Tarik Ayasun at firstname.lastname@example.org.