High on their own bloodthirsty successes, an ISIS affiliate in Iraq released a new video promising that Washington, D.C. would soon experience the terror of Paris. The video was disseminated through Islamic State social media accounts on Monday.
In the 11-minute video, which begins with a series of news clips covering the attacks, a man called Al Karar the Iraqi addresses the viewer. “We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” the man says in Arabic.
Another man – Al Ghareeb the Algerian, for those collecting ISIS trading cards – said that Europe could expect the same. “I say to the European countries that we are coming — coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and silencers and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger than before,” he said.
According to Reuters, officials in Washington have not yet authenticated the video.
So what then? Is this just our life now? Russian commercial jet goes down, probably ISIS, cool beans. Paris attacks, well that’s horrible, we need to do something…but if we don’t, we can probably forget about it after a while. Oh, now they’re taunting us! Well, we won’t cower! We’re going to keep going to concerts just as much as we please!
And on and on.
You have to wonder what we might be able to adjust to. In fact, you don’t even have to wonder. Think about living in Jerusalem. Knowing that the next mortar attack or stabbing or shooting is just around the corner. Any day now, in fact, all-out war could begin again. And they have no choice (well…) but to accept it.
We could do the same. What if Paris was hit again next Friday? And then again the Friday after that? And then Amsterdam the following Wednesday. And then St. Louis. What could we tolerate, if it came up on us gradually? What horrors could we live with and simply call, The New Normal?
How about we don’t find out. Let’s do the tough thing now to avoid greater pain in the future. If we could snap our fingers tomorrow and kill every single Islamic terrorist on the planet, would we hesitate? Then our goal is obvious. The only thing that stands in our way is our weakness. Our willpower. Our unending capacity to let ourselves get distracted.
It should be enough that we do it for Paris and Paris alone. But if that’s not enough, then can we at least do it for ourselves?