On Thursday, Josh Fox, director of the anti-fracking documentary "Gasland," sent out a barrage of tweets condemning the recent MOAB strike against the Islamic State:
You wanna stop ISIS? So do I. So Stop helping them! (We bombed them in Afghanistan-that helps them recruit, we armed them in Syria-remember?— Josh Fox (@joshfoxfilm) April 13, 2017
Trillions in aid Instead of bombs could have rebuilt Iraq/Afghanistan & made two allies, no terror. Now what do we have? War. Instability.— Josh Fox (@joshfoxfilm) April 13, 2017
Fox doesn't seem to understand a very basic principle of radical Islamic ideology. Members of ISIS, as well as al-Qaeda and other militant Muslim groups, adhere to a particular interpretation of the Quran and the Hadith. While interpretations vary slightly, a tenet that crosses most boundaries is the notion that those who do not follow an organization's specific Islamic exegesis must be converted or killed. This includes Christians, Jews, Hindus, atheists, and even other Muslims.
While it may be true that some members of radical Islamist organizations are driven to join up because they feel as though they have no other options, the true believers will not be affected by cash aid, education, or "love." As such, those true believers must be eliminated, and the only way to accomplish that is by detention or death.
One may not agree with the use of the MOAB for the purpose of eliminating ISIS, but one cannot believe - with any sincerity - that the United States could bring an end to terrorism without killing jihadists.
The fervency of radical Islam is comparable to nothing else. Religious fanaticism is an incredibly powerful motivator, and to suggest that "aid" and "love" would create a climate in which there is "no terror" is naive at best, and dangerous at worst.