By sending aid “to civilians” that is knowingly being used to consolidate power in the Islamic state, and support ISIS killers, we are effectively creating the best enemy money can buy.
United States strategy in its fight with ISIS: Fight the enemy… feed the enemy. Bomb the enemy… train the enemy. Kill the enemy… heal the enemy.
Thus, the Daily Beast headline: “U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS.”
While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.”
The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.
The Bible says if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink—doing so will “heap burning coals” of shame on his head. But there is no evidence that the militants of the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, feel any sense of disgrace or indignity (and certainly not gratitude) receiving charity from their foes.
Quite the reverse, the aid convoys have to pay off ISIS emirs (leaders) for the convoys to enter the eastern Syrian extremist strongholds of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, providing yet another income stream for ISIS militants, who are funding themselves from oil smuggling, extortion, and the sale of whatever they can loot, including rare antiquities from museums and archaeological sites.
And there are fears the aid itself isn’t carefully monitored enough, with some sold off on the black market or used by ISIS to win hearts and minds by feeding its fighters and its subjects. At a minimum, the aid means ISIS doesn’t have to divert cash from its war budget to help feed the local population or the displaced persons, allowing it to focus its resources exclusively on fighters and war-making, say critics of the aid.
No wonder they say the “War on Terror” will never end! With taxpayers supporting both sides of the fight, our leadership can keep this insanity rolling almost perpetually, while ratcheting up the fear level at home, too. This inevitably means more cash for the Homeland “Security” apparatus to keep troublesome political enemies in check.
One more evidence bureaucrats in the Federal government have totally run amok, and need significant restraints upon their insane spending. It’s past time to take away the Federal checkbook.