It is time to destroy ISIL
The mass murder of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub on Sunday should precipitate as big a rethink of how we fight terrorism as 9/11 did. Let's try to learn the right lessons this time.Roman is n the right track, but don't expect Obama or Hillary Clinton to get serious about dealing with the real enemy. They would rather go to war with the NRA than those plotting mass murder for Allah attacks. They would rather disarm the innocent than pursue the real evil that is attacking the US.
First and foremost, we've got to wipe the floor with ISIS. Although the Islamic State caliphate in Iraq and Syria appears to have played little if any role in our nation's largest-ever mass shooting, that's precisely what makes it so dangerous (imagine if Hitler or Stalin could have summoned German and Russian Americans to autonomously plan and carry out mass killings). We should do what we can to prevent rival Sunni jihadists or Iranian-backed Shi'a militiamen from filling the vacuum, but we can't let fear of what comes next dictate policy.
Second, we're going to have to sacrifice some freedoms of convenience for the foreseeable future, as many other countries facing persistent terror threats have done. Most Israelis have never seen a club with security as lax as that of Pulse, and the French will soon forget such carefree days. The market will take care of some of this – try opening a nightclub without pat-down security anywhere in Florida now and see what happens – but Washington must be willing to take the lead on things like airport security.
Third, we have to get over our hang-up about profiling Muslims. The jihadists bent on terrorizing us have some obvious commonalities that the political and cultural establishment has continually enjoined us to ignore. Like it or not, Florida's gay nightclubs are going to be giving that grim-faced Pakistani who shows up at the door a slightly longer pat-down.
France recently subjected Muslim employees at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to special screening, withdrawing some 60 security passes for "inappropriate behavior" such as refusing to shake hands with female colleagues or praising the perpetrators of last years' terror attacks. Whether or not it's "fair" to single out Muslims in such sensitive jobs for closer scrutiny, we'd be fools not to.
Fourth, we must stop pretending that we can avoid trade-offs between civil liberties and security and start making tough choices. While we surely must control our borders if we wish to seriously combat the threat of Islamist terror in the years ahead, the barbarians are already inside the gates. Like San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, Omar Mateen was born and raised in this country.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we must ostracize mainstream Islamic institutions that preach intolerance, ranging from Saudi-funded mega-mosques to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).