America’s ISIL Recruitment Centers

— This article by Jerry Cates, was published on 19 November 2015, and last revised on 20 November 2015. © Govinthenews Vol. 6:11(3).


On Wednesday, 18 November 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama accused Republicans of feeding into the Islamic State’s strategy of casting the United States as waging war on Muslims. The GOP’s rhetoric, he said, has become ISIL’s most “potent recruitment tool.” Obama’s remarks were aimed at recent calls from members of the U.S. Congress to block Syrian refugees’ entrance into the United States:

I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate,” said Obama during a news conference at a leadership summit underway in Manila, capital of the Philippines. He then added, in a reference to statements by several candidates for president that the U.S. should place a priority on admitting Christians, rather than Muslims, that such people seek “to exploit the idea that there’s war between Islam and the West, and when you start seeing individuals in position of responsibility suggesting Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are in a war-torn land that feeds the ISIL narrative.”

Obama’s remarks line up with his insistence that America’s values and those of mainstream Islam are not at loggerheads. They are also consistent with his oft-expressed view that ISIL is being contained, and his expressed belief that the U.S. war against the Islamic State is succeeding. Yet, little or no evidence, supporting Obama’s train of thought on these points, exists. Instead, serious inconsistencies between core western ideology and that of mainstream Islam are easily unearthed by objectively comparing them with one another. Too, ISIL appears to be gaining strength by the day, as the territory under ISIL control grows perceptibly larger and more valuable. Finally, recent attacks on remote western targets by ISIL tell us that the war against ISIL is being lost, rather than being successful.

As never before, suspicions that Obama is being willfully misleading, if not delusional, are growing. He seems to be right about one thing, however. There are, indeed, recruitment centers for ISIL in the U.S. They just aren’t necessarily in the places where Obama claims to see them.

Incredibly, Obama may himself be one of ISIL’s most effective recruiters. I am not suggesting he does this intentionally, but intent isn’t the issue. If his unguarded words give impetus for would-be jihadists to sign up against the west, the effect is the same. And if unbridled rhetoric of that sort inspires jihadism, following close behind him is his secretary of state, John Kerry. On Tuesday, 17 November 2015, Kerry said this about the Friday the 13th attacks in Paris:

There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, ‘Okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.’ This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people.

To John Kerry’s way of thinking, the ISIL attacks on Charlie Hebdo were not done to terrorize, but because the attackers were inspired by legitimate, rational, and discriminate feelings of anger. To Kerry their anger had a righteous character, on such a scale that Muslims could be excused for using it to justify executing unarmed people. Never mind that those executed had done nothing more than freely exercise cherished western liberties. Or that the liberties they exercised were, in fact, those on which America — the land he acts as chief statesman for — was founded. He seems to have forgotten that because those liberties were valued so highly, they are enshrined in the clear wording of the U.S. Constitution, the constitution which he is sworn to preserve and protect. Today, Kerry seems to say, those words don’t matter, because the killings at Charlie Hebdo were carried out while aggrieving “one particular sense of wrong.”

We witness in Kerry’s words the utterance of philosophical constructs that are entirely at odds with the values America and, in many ways, most of western Europe holds dearest. Yet to him they make a kind of sense. They appear sufficiently sensible, to him, to grant a kind of justification to heinous, monstrous acts performed by the gravest enemies of western civilization. In the cavernous recesses of his mind Kerry crosses a great divide, into foreign territory where — at least to this writer — no American statesman can venture without losing his American identity. But, like Obama, he sallies into that darkened pit proudly.

It is now time to ask hard questions like these: is undisciplined rhetoric like that quoted above, inspiring more ISIL terrorists to join the fight to bring western civilization to its knees? Where, we ask, lies the true balance between ISIL’s goals and western values?

Many young Muslims in America, today, are on the fence about deciding whether they should or should not become jihadists engaged in fighting those who presently offer them sanctuary, work, and the opportunity to freely practice and enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. How might Obama’s and Kerry’s comments — comments made by two of America’s most highly placed officials — motivate these young Muslims? This article will explore that question within the greater context of what has caused young American Muslims to become jihadists in the past. In the process we will expose all the relevant causes plainly, and — insofar as it is possible to do so — we shall name the instigators directly.

We will then ask the most important question of all: what must we do in America to steer young American Muslims away from jihadism, and toward a genuine love for the tenets that made America great? Controversy swirls around most of the answers to this question in vogue today, but we will do everything possible to cut through the baffling mystique and deliver real solutions — albeit the kind that many may not want to hear — in stark detail.

Stay tuned for more… 


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