A chilling article this morning from the Wall Street Journal’s Noemie Bisserbe, Benoit Faucon and Stacy Meichtry details the existence and effectiveness of “an underground railroad” for jihandists, linking ISIS-land and Europe. The key finding:
Islamic State’s ability to provide safe harbor to friends and family removes potential obstacles for would-be attackers in the West. They no longer need to be part of a terror group’s rank-and-file to benefit from its resources, according to Western counterterrorism officials and people close to militant networks.
The West has confronted terror networks before, as famously detailed in Claire Sterling’s book with that title of nearly 35 years ago. But then, even in the Carter years, the West was serious about finding and stopping terrorists even as they moved secretly and with the well-financed backing of nation states as large and powerful as the Soviet Union. Courts did not seek to intervene and interfere with investigations into the networks, almost wholly rejected the idea of “terrorist” as “criminal,” as opposed to a combatant wen they were part of a gang or a movement.
Now the senior levels of the Obama Administration seems to spend more time quarreling with Israel than it does alerting the public to the danger that exists and is growing. Indeed, the now infamous “are the Taliban terrorists” exchanges in the White House press room underscore just how confused and adrift the president and his team are on the central issue of the age. Of course another 9/11 is the objective of the newest terror network –and the old one run since 1978 by the Islamic Republic of Iran– and the professionals are doing their best to stop it (them) from happening, but the same underground railroad that gave Hayat Boumeddiene all the assistance she needed can move material of any sort, including the worst things that can be found in all of ISIS occupied Iraq and Syria, Iran has been able to arm Hezbollah to the teeth using its own means of distribution, and don’t forget our new “friends” in Cuba have recently tried to ship arms to the North Koreans.
Networks of bad guys everywhere, and a president who can’t even name the enemy. Tick, tick, tick.