Erick Stakelbeck

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Watchman Show: After Paris, What's Next for ISIS?

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we analyze the growing ISIS threat to America in the wake of the Paris attacks.

We also examine how Europe's capital, Brussels, is in the crosshairs of radical Islamists.

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posted @ Wednesday, November 25, 2015 1:31 PM | Feedback (0)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paris Terror: Can It Happen Here?

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Details are still pouring in about last night’s horrific jihadist massacre in Paris. Although ISIS has claimed responsibility for the carnage, we still don’t know, as of this writing, the identities of the eight jihadists who carried out the slaughter at multiple venues. Were they all French citizens? Were they “returnees” who had fought and trained alongside ISIS in Syria and returned home to France with instructions to attack on their native soil? We should have the answers to these questions soon (according to this report, one of the terrorists was a “refugee” from Syria. If true, this would, sadly, be no surprise). In the meantime, here are some quick thoughts on the deadliest violence to rock France since WWII–and the second deadliest Islamic terror attack (next to the 2004 Madrid train bombings) to strike a Western city since 9/11:

–The Paris massacre is the West’s Mumbai. Ever since the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India in which ten jihadists armed with guns and bombs fanned out across that city and created mass havoc, there has been fear among Western intelligence agencies that the Mumbai massacre would be replicated by jihadists in a major Western city. The tactics used and targets hit in last night’s attacks certainly echo those used in Mumbai, as do the casualty numbers. With radical Islamists gaining a firm foothold the past few decades in major cities throughout Western Europe, we can, unfortunately, expect more large-scale attacks like we witnessed in Paris, particularly with battle-hardened ISIS “returnees” trickling back into their countries of origin. In April 2015, a top EU official said that as many 6,000 Europeans have traveled overseas to join ISIS, including some 1,500 French citizens. That is an astounding number. As I wrote in my latest book, "ISIS Exposed," the goal is for ISIS “city wolves” –homegrown sympathizers and returnees from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq–to turn European and American cities into guerilla war zones, where we see Paris-style carnage on a regular basis. By the way, Western Europeans do not need a visa to enter the United States.

–Which brings us to the obvious question: could what happened in Paris happen in America? Absolutely. We’ve already seen smaller-scale but deadly Islamic terror attacks in Fort Hood, Boston, Chattanooga, New York City and Oklahoma over the past few years, not to mention a number of foiled attempts on U.S. soil. That said, Here are a few sobering facts to keep in mind moving forward:

–FBI director James Comey
said last month that there are currently at least 900 active investigations into jihadist (mostly ISIS-related) activity on American soil. Comey has also said that the Bureau is investigating ISIS-related activity in all 50 U.S. states. Meaning that ISIS has a network of supporters and sympathizers in every state in the union.

–The House Homeland Security Committee recently released a report stating that at least 250 U.S. citizens have traveled or attempted to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS–and dozens have already returned.

–The Obama administration plans to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States in 2016. If what’s unfolding in Europe is any indication, these refugees will largely be young Muslim men from jihad hotbeds like Syria. Both FBI Director Comey and Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson admit there is no way to properly vet all of them.

As you can see, the barbarians are not just at the gates–they’re inside them. This is not alarmism, scare tactics or sensationalism: I am merely quoting Obama administration officials and the findings of the bi-partisan House Homeland Security Committee. Given these facts, it’s no exaggeration to say that America’s homegrown jihad problem is nearing epidemic levels. Think a Paris-style coordinated attack can’t happen here? Look no further than a place like Minneapolis-St. Paul, where dozens of young Somali Muslim men and women–U.S. citizens–have traveled to Syria, Somalia and elsewhere to join Islamic terror groups like Al-Shabaab and ISIS. What happens if–and when–a number of these jihadi recruits return to the United States and congregate in one metropolitan area?

One obvious way to deal with this problem is to utterly crush ISIS in the Middle East: destroy its mini-caliphate and devastate its holy warriors much like the Allies dismantled the German and Japanese war machines during WWII. Destroying the caliphate would put a dent in jihadist ideology and demoralize the global movement. This is not a difficult task for Western militaries to accomplish–quite the contrary. Yet the will is not there among feckless Western leaders, with President Obama at the head of the pack.

History shows again and again that when a great evil rises it must be crushed immediately before it is allowed to metastasize. In the case of ISIS and the Iranian regime, the West has completely failed to answer the call, to its eternal shame.

History also repeats itself. It’s 1939 all over again. Will a Churchillian leader emerge to help set things right in the West, or will Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain a lone, sane voice crying in the wilderness?

posted @ Sunday, November 15, 2015 11:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Watchman Show: Tracking the Global Jihad

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we travel to hotspots around the world to monitor the latest developments in the battle against the global jihad.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Watchman Show: Terror Wave Against Israel

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we examine the latest Palestinian terror wave against Israel and how ISIS and its supporters could use similar tactics here in the West.

We also break down why Russia is getting involved militarily in Syria and what it means for America and Israel.

posted @ Tuesday, October 27, 2015 3:14 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Watchman Show: Memo to Iran: Israel Wins

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with Michael Pregent of Veterans Against the Deal.

He'll analyze Iran's threats against Israel and the United States.

Plus, we also examine ISIS's dreams of conquering Rome.

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posted @ Wednesday, October 07, 2015 10:44 AM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Watchman Show: Pastor Hagee on Blood Moons and The Three Heavens

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with Pastor John Hagee.

He'll discuss what the current series of four blood moons means for America and Israel.

We also take a look at Pastor Hagee's new book, The Three Heavens.

posted @ Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:03 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Watchman Show: Is ISIS Winning Against the West?

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with Islam expert Robert Spencer to discuss his new book, The Complete Infidels' Guide to ISIS.

Plus,  Austrian counter-jihad activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff joins us to discuss ISIS among the Muslim refugees of Europe.

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posted @ Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:11 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Watchman Show: ISIS in Your Backyard

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we examine the recent series of arrests of ISIS supporters in the United States and the terror movement's plans for America.

We're also joined by author Don Brown, who shares the shocking story behind his new book, Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of Seal Team Six.

posted @ Tuesday, September 01, 2015 3:03 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Watchman Show: Building Bridges Between Christians and Jews

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we interview Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

He'll discuss the new authorized biography on his life and work, The Bridge Builder.

Plus, we'll recap the annual CUFI Washington Summit.

posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:33 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Watchman Show: Iran Deal and the Coming War

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we examine the disastrous nuclear deal the Obama administration has struck with Iran.

We'll look at how the accord threatens the United States, Israel and our Arab allies.

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posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2015 4:45 PM | Feedback (0)