Will ISIS exploit COVID-19 to carry out attacks?

by Phil Schneider

The concerns that are expressed in this short clip are genuine. This is not a new concept – it has been like this for centuries. Enemy forces should never be counted out until they are disarmed, powerless, and no longer pose a threat. Complacency has always been one of the leading causes for defeat on nearly any battlefield. Of course, it is not the only cause, but a look back to a few instances in the not-so-long-ago past will reveal how real this concern should be to us.

Towards the end of World War II, in the winter of 1944, it was clear to any outside observer that the American Army was on it’s way to bringing down the German Army from the West, while the Soviet Army was quickly approaching from the East. The German Army had probably lost more than 80% of it’s potency. And then…seemingly out of nowhere, the desperate Nazi party was willing to bring every last German soldier to the battlefield. It was a battle that had barely any chance of succeeding for more than a few weeks. But it succeeded in becoming the most costly few months of the war for the American Army – more than 75,000 soldiers. Not only was the cost due to complacency, but the management of the battle was also poor due to complacency. As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” This is truly the case with ISIS. We don’t know when they will try to hit back, but they are not gone – they are just temporarily defeated.

There are certain rogue regimes that no longer pose a threat to the free world – like Cuba. But until Cuba had been dried out and turned into an economic ruin, it was also the most Western branch of the spread of Communism. We will probably see more pockets of ISIS-type activity in the West. We will need to make sure that indeed the tentacles of this dangerous radical Islamic movement is contained and stay focused on repelling their evil designs. Economic pressure is very effective, but not enough. A military strategy that makes sure that we take the battle to them also needs to be implemented – especially with drones and other unmanned hi-tech weapons that drive our enemies crazy. Otherwise, one day, we may wake up to another 9/11.

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