Are the attacks on Paris a new milestone in the march toward an inevitable world war with Islamo-fascism?
The parallels to Europe in the 1930s are striking. Devastated by the ravages of a morally gray “war to end all wars,” Europe was loath to enter another nightmare, as was North America. Result? The Axis powers, led by Hitler in the west and Tojo in the east, moved forward with minimal resistance.
Likewise, our modern nations, depleted and discouraged after 15 years of morally gray war in Afghanistan and Iraq, are loath to enter another nightmare. Enter the Islamic State and its “axis” of Islamo-fascist allies. Just as the Nazis dreamed of building a new Roman Empire by killing all who resisted, ISIS dreams of building a New Caliphate–by killing all who resist.
Last year, Jürgen Todenhöfer became the first western journalist ever to interview the leaders of ISIS. What he learned was terrifying:
First, they are “much stronger than we think,” he reports, and are supported by “(the most) ecstatic enthusiasm that I have ever encountered.” For every set-back they experience at the hands of rebel forces or western air strikes, multitudes of new supporters pour in to replenish their ranks.
Second, their goal is “to conquer the world” and to kill all who do not believe in their interpretation of the Quran. In an accompanying NPR interview, Todenhöfer said ISIS leaders plan to execute hundreds of millions in a genocide far exceeding Hitler’s “final solution.”
Are we on the verge of World War III? I pray we are not. But I also pray that if we are, we will recognize the signs far enough in advance—the murder of Christians, Yazidis, Muslims and, increasingly, Europeans—to create an Allied force strong enough to stop them before they sacrifice millions to the blood-thirsty demon they mistake for God.
There is nothing morally gray here.