On Friday, President Donald Trump issues a stern warning to the Islamic State (ISIS).
According to The Washington Times, the president stated that the United States will intensify its efforts to eliminate the terrorist group as a response to the recent Islamic terrorist attack. “When we have an animal do an attack like he did the other day on the west side of Manhattan, we are hitting them 10 times harder. They claimed him as a soldier — good luck,” he said.
When Sayfullo Saipov killed eight people in New York earlier in the week, America was reminded that radical Islamic terrorism remains a threat to our country. While ISIS has suffered severe losses, they are adopting a different strategy — carrying out terrorist attacks in western nations.
When the president made his threat, he did not announce the type of military action he is planning. Trump has previously refused to discuss the military’s plans publicly out of a desire to make sure the enemy is not informed of our movements. However, he is not afraid to put ISIS on notice that they should expect harsh retribution for their attacks on the western world.
In a post on Twitter, President Trump said, “ISIS just claimed the Degenerate Animal who killed, and so badly wounded, the wonderful people on the West Side, was ‘their soldier.’” He added, “Based on that, the Military has hit ISIS ‘much harder’ over the last two days. They will pay a big price for every attack on us!”
The recent terrorist attack in New York reminds us that while it is important to ensure that we are keeping terrorists from entering the country, we must also figure out a solution to the issue of homegrown terrorists. Most of the Islamic terrorist attacks that have occurred in the U.S. are perpetrated by people who were radicalized while living in the country.
According to the authorities, there is no evidence that Saipov was interested in becoming a terrorist when he first arrived in the United States in 2010. It was only after a few years of living in the country that he began to be influenced by ISIS online propaganda. This is a key part of the terrorist group’s overall strategy. Since they are losing more territory every day, they are implementing their “Plan B” which involves attacks like the incidents we have seen in Europe, which has experienced an attack every nine days on average this year.
ISIS has a robust online marketing campaign that is designed to corrupt disaffected individuals in the United States and Europe. Immigrants who were children when they came to the country seem to be the most susceptible to being seduced by ISIS’ message. One of the reasons for this is that the United States no longer focused on the idea of assimilation as it once used to.
While the Trump administration’s efforts at preventing radical extremists from infiltrating the United States are laudable, we must also focus on preventing individuals already residing in the U.S. from becoming radicalized.
This is why we need to encourage immigrants to assimilate, rather than just integrate. We want to accept immigrants who are willing to embrace our values instead of individuals who wish to import values that contradict ours.
The reason Europe is suffering so many terrorist attacks is because their misguided fixation on the idea of multiculturalism is compelling them to blindly accept refugees and immigrants from predominantly Islamic countries. They do not require immigrants to adopt western culture, indeed: they enable these individuals to set up their own societies within their host country. Not only is this putting lives in danger, it is causing European nations to lose their national identity. The attack in New York shows us that the United States cannot afford to make the same mistake.