The Islamic State is an evil beyond description. Frankly, our world has not seen anything like this in a while. Most of us will be forgiven for thinking of the Nazis, or Pol Pot, or other widespread organizers of terror and executions. But this sort of evil hasn’t been seen since the Dark Ages, when monstrous men with evil ideals roamed through entire lands, slaughtering, beheading, and terrorizing entire communities: men, women, and children all indiscriminately butchered out of a group psychosis. Nazis and communistsevil to an extremekilled people amid an Us Versus Them mentality. You were either wearing our uniform, or you were shot and killed.
But the Islamic State isn’t even this mentally organized. They see everyone as vermin to be exterminated: they take joy in crucifying or beheading or raping other peopleeven those ostensibly on their side. The Islamic State, let us not forget, is happily destroying Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Not because the Muslims might oppose the Islamic State’s goals for a world caliphate, but because they are merely in the way.
The Islamic State’s obscene ability to ignore the fundamental humanity around them has been recognized by millions around the globe. Just not our news media, who have spent the last few months discussing Ferguson, Israel, Russia, and anything but.
Theories may abound as to why, and most of them have some degree of merit. The President campaigned heavilyand it seems successfully to some degreeon his ability to have destroyed al-Qāʿidah in contrast to George W. Bush’s apparent inability to find one man living in a suburban hideaway. President Obama compared the Islamic State to junior varsity team, and he and others echoed the notionalthough history has never backed up such a claimthat merely discussing them elevates them in undeserved prestige. In other words, if you ignore them, they go away.
The Czar has often compared the news media to a 14-year-old narcissist. Ultimately, everything must be about them, or it ceases to exist. When a celebrity dies, the eulogies become anecdotes by the talking head of having met the celebrity and being inspired. When a tragedy happens, the focus becomes its affects on those in journalism. When a news channel talks for too long about a missing airliner, the story eventually becomes about how that news channel has been talking too long about a missing airliner.
Unfortunately and sadly, now the media has been affected by the Islamic State. One of their own was brutally killed on video in a terrible and humilating way. Not because he was mistaken to be an enemy. Not because he uncovered something that would prove disastrous to their cause. Not even because he resisted or tried to escape. They killed him not because of who James Foley was: they killed James Foley because this is what they do.
Up until now, the Islamic State was just something happening over there, and perhaps 30 seconds a night could be a mention of some group you never heard of that’s stuck on some mountain somewhere thanks to these guys. And the President has finally authorized some bombing runs.
Now, the media is angry and hurt and astonished. All it took was making it about them.
So screw you, media. You should have been paying attention. Now you will: already the media has done a head count and discovered there are more journalists in their capture who are slated to be gruesomely slaughtered on video.
Of course, this means the President is going to feel this one even worse. The media will begin, if they have not already begun, asking why the President is focused on such a minor-scale skirmish like Ferguson, Missouri, when this terrible humanitarian nightmare is going on with the Islamic State. Watch and see.
Alas, for a President already besieged by the reality of, well, reality, he will be forced to take on two responsibilities at once. He hates that. Once again, he will have to choose between the fight he wantedFerguson, with all its community organizing claptrapand the fight the media want him to address.
If you are still following historical precedent, you already know the President has a disastrous track record in these situations.