Armstrong Williams, radio host and former senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Dr. Ben Carson, joined host Stephen K. Bannon on Monday morning’s edition of Breitbart News Daily to discuss Europe’s response to terrorism after the Brussels bombing and declaring the European Union failed to protect Europeans from Muslim terrorists.
One of the most demoralizing effects of terrorism is the sense that the government is powerless to stop violence being committed against its’ own people. Several Belgian cabinet ministers – including the interior and justice ministers – offered their resignation in the wake of the Brussels attacks. The Pakistani government has been under similar pressure from a population that has grown numb with fear and almost become resigned to senseless violence being a fact of public life. But the media also has a role to play in the proliferation of terrorism. Those in the media should exhibit just as much empathy for innocent lives lost in Lahore or Abidjan as they do for lives lost in Paris or Brussels. Failing to do so sends a message to the terrorists that some lives matter more than others, and sets up a high stakes game of cat and mouse that just cannot be won in the conventional manner.
In a groundbreaking new report released by the High Level Military Group, top former officials from across the free world argue that a “a growing crisis of leadership in our democracies must be addressed with urgency in order to secure the 21st century from terrorist chaos.”
The High Level Military Group’s comparative study, titled “Our Military Forces’ Struggle Against Lawless, Media Savvy Terrorist Adversaries,” makes a compelling case that Western governments must go to great lengths to create our own sophisticated narratives surrounding these conflicts. It also righty asserts that we must go to great lengths to ensure that our militaries can carry out legitimate operations without fear of political retribution.
As America and other democratic nations continue to face off against enemies who espouse hatred and fear freedom, we must remember this: our enemies understand our political systems more than we would like, and they know how to exploit our emotions. We must never let them get away with it.
When ISIS brutally murders journalists, aid workers, and even their fellow Muslims, they do not try to cover it up. They film it, and ironically they use a tool invented by the U.S. and made possible by U.S. Department of Defense funding– the Internet – to broadcast it to the world.
The United States military clearly remains the most powerful fighting force the world has ever known. The men and women of our armed forces are deserving of great respect; they overcome substantial challenges each and every day in the course of defending our nation and our people. Those challenges are evolving, and our leaders and the public must take a hard look at how to win the wars of the future.
Historically, our troops and their leadership have enjoyed significant advantages. They have the best training. They have the best weapons. They have the best equipment. They fight for the most just causes and conduct themselves according to an incredibly high moral and ethical code.
All of this continues to be true, and the fighting forces of our allies deserve similar praise. While the West fights to ensure freedom and protect the safety of innocents, our enemies seek out civilian deaths intentionally. They see gruesome images as beneficial to their cause. They place no value on human life, and they use our honor and our morality against us.
They then turn around and use the communications tools developed in the West, including social media and the news media, to conduct craven propaganda campaigns that attempt to turn our political leaders as well as public opinion against our men and women in uniform.