Russia Understands Better How To Deal With Islamists

It now becomes evident that the Russians knew what they were talking about when confronted with the threat of the Islamic State. From the very first beginning the Russian government warned that the West’s efforts to subdue the Jihadists would not succeed. Moscow felt it would inevitably had to intervene, to avoid facing the Caliphate threat in the future along the Caucasus or in Central Asia. The Kremlin’s  rational was based on specific considerations.


  • Victory will be unattainable if the ISIS cannot be wiped out from the land it occupies. The Caliphate’s legitimacy is tied up with territory. Will be recognized by no one and be unable to attract new recruits, from particularly the West, had it be deprived from the area it controls. According to the teachings of Islam, landhold is a necessary prerequisite for a deceleration of a Caliphate.  The Islamic State however can never be annihilated by bombing raids alone. Land forces would be inevitably necessary to drive the Jihadists out. This cannot be done however by the armies of the Christian West. It would be more efficient if the assault could be conducted my Muslims – mortal enemies of the Sunni jihadists. The Allawite followers of Syrian President Assad along with soldiers from Iran and Shia militias from Iraq, can perform quite successfully the task. With the help of air assaults from the West and Russia.
  • President Putin did not chew his words and quite bluntly confronted some Muslim “Allies” of the West who keep ISIS going by financing its endeavors and thus contributing to its longevity. During the last G20 gathering in the Turkish city of Attalia, the Russian leader reiterated that at least four of the present nations are responsibl’e for ISIS economic well being. He clearly implied that it is futile to battle a target that at least some of the belligerents want to guarantee its survival. If hypocrisy is not eliminated, Putin implied, the war against Islamic radicals can never -be successful.
  • Leading by example, Russia proves that the doctrine of multiculturalism, embraced by the West in dealing with immigrants and refugees, has gone bankrupt. For centuries Christian nations have struggled to implement cultural values that foster tolerance, respect of human right and diversity. It is now in danger of jeopardizing these achievements by succumbing to alien cultures bringing medieval beliefs and practices to the forefront.  By accepting immigrants deeply religious who adhere to values reminiscent of premodern societal practices  Western nations undermine their own social coherence. Islamist beliefs do not really allow their faithful to integrate into their new social environment. Islands of dissent thus appear allowing frustration and hate to surface. Sermons preaching millennial messages and apocalyptic forecasts poison the hearts of the immigrant Muslim young, leading them away from reality and to the arms of militant Islamic fanatics. The end result is religious Armageddon causing distress and upheaval.


You cannot deal with the Islamic State without blooding your hands, change your internal immigration practices and confronting so called friends and allies. It is impossible to face Islamic terrorism on the basis of western liberal preconceptions. Their aim is destruction and death. You cannot respond with understanding and containment. Neither can you tolerate a flood of newcomers adhering to values alien to the culture prevailing in the host society. It is irrational that indigenous cultures will struggle to conform to the values of the newcomers instead of the incoming refugees/immigrants try to adjust to the laws and moral principles of the countries in which they now reside. They escape to the Christian  West because they, theoretically admire its values, democratic practices and social maturity. It is totally without logical precedent that the Western nations will regress to their medieval past to correspond to the habits, norms of behavior and religiosity of their new guests.

Russia obviously understands the issue more comprehensively that it’s western co-religionists. Cooperation of the two, which finally appears to be happening, may bring the challenge to a desirable outcome.