ISIS Horrific Murder Of Jordanian Pilot — A Turning Point/Game-Changer In The War Against Militant Islam And The Islamic State; How This Murder Changes The Equation In The Middle East
Military Battles That Were Turning Points In History
There are battles in history which have some significance; and, then there are battles that were turning points in history: The Last Stand of the 300 Spartans [and a few thousand Greeks)] at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Although King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans were defeated after three days of intense fighting against King Xerxes and his Persian Army, he and his 300 Spartans became the stuff of legend; later inspiring Alexander The Great of Macedon to conquer the Persian Empire and spread the seeds of democracy and freedom. Or, the Battle of Tours France, also referred to as the Battle of Poitiers in 732 A.D., and the victory of Charles Martel over Abdul Rahman al Ghafiqi — the later attempting to bring Islam to Europe. The battle is widely recognized as preserving Christianity in Europe. The Revolutionary War, The Civil War, and WWII and the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy. Some of you may take exception to my examples, and, I defer to you — if you do.
Some might include the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. which is the first documented battle that demonstrated the effectiveness of a combined arms strategy: cavalry, infantry, and archers. Or, perhaps, the Battle of Agincourt, in 1415, the best know battle of Europe’s ‘Hundred Years War,’ and one of the greatest victory’s of England’s Army, led by none other that Henry V and use of the English Longbow. Shakespeare would later immortalize a statement that may, or may not have been made by Henry V as he sought to inspire his army to victory over Charles VI of France. “Once more unto the breach,” is from ‘Cry God For Harry, England, and Saint George Speech,’ in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act III, in 1598. Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo by Wellington; and, perhaps our own George Washington and his victory over British General Cornwallis at Yorktown; and/or, General Grant’s victory over Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse could also be included. They were all battles that changed the course of history.
We here in America, — at least most of us — are familiar with Franklin Rooesevelt’s famous remarks after Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor — “This Is A Day, That Will Live In Infamy.” It is events like these, that can, and do, change the course of history.”
ISIS Depraved Murder Of Jordanian Pilot — Is Just Such An Event
The Islamic State’s brutal murder, I believe, will — when looked back upon — as the moment that everything changed. The attack underscored the evil brutality of the group, something not witnessed on this scale — since the Nazi’s gassed Jews before, and during WWII. The question is “How Does This Change Things?”
It is clear that the Islamic State intended to inflict it’s own version of Shock and Awe; and, no doubt hoped to draw in more recruits — as well as hope to destabilize Jordan — in the midst of a Saudi leadership change. There is an estimated 1,800 Jordanians who have been fighting with ISIS; and. there are more ISIS sympathizers within the Kingdom — and, King Abdullah knows this.
The group’s sickening brand of hate and evil has metastasized on this POTUS’s watch, and he has repeatedly and foolishly refused to name the enemy — Islamic terrorism and jihad. Thank goodness, the King of Jordan isn’t likely to be so evasive. And, this event, will end up being the Islamic State’s poison pill.
The Islamic State Has Crossed All Red Lines
Will President Obama finally identify the enemy? Japan, Canada, France, and now certainly Jordan surely know. King Abullah, is a warrior, king, a U.S. Special Forces trained soldier — who, unlike the POTUS — is going to respond with force, and exact retribution. V/R, RCP