Donald Trump, in his never-ending cavalcade of insane comments, revealed his new strategy for fighting ISIS: “You have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families!”
This is quite a bizarre idea presented by Trump – that killing the families of ISIS members will somehow defeat them. I question whether that would deter them from fighting. In fact, that could have the opposite effect, as an ISIS soldier might seek revenge instead of giving up.
It could also be used as effective propaganda to recruit more people to ISIS, if America is bombing civilians for the crime of having a radicalized relative. Consider, for example, the fact that Paris attack ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud last year said, “It gives me pleasure from time to time to see blood of the disbelievers run because we grew up watching the blood of Muslims being spilled in the whole world on TV.”
Another thing that Trump is not considering is the fact that ISIS includes recruits from a number of countries, meaning he would have to “take out” families around the world – and do so overtly, in order for it to be an effective deterrent. So the US would have to engage in military campaigns all over the world.
Trump’s plan would mean invading the Republic of Georgia. Because it is the birthplace of Abu Omar al-Shishani, a top military commander for ISIS in Syria (who might have been killed). Surely this would teach a lesson to his father, who is Christian, for raising a radicalized son.
We would also have to launch an attack on Yemen. After all, it is the birthplace of Abu al-Baraa el-Azdi, who currently oversees the ISIS-controlled Libyan city of Derna. And we would have to invade Saudi Arabia, the homeland of his colleague on the Libyan front Habib Al-Jazrawi.
And surely Trump would want to kill the families of the masterminds of the Paris attacks. Of course, that would require Trump to paradoxically launch a campaign against France, home to multiple ISIS members who carried out the attacks. Surely that would be suitable punishment for Batacalan gunman Sami Amimour’s father, who risked his own life to travel to Syria and begged his son to leave ISIS, even offering to pay him.
Trump likewise would have to attack Belgium, home to the families of Paris attackers Salah Abdeslam, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and Bilal Hadfi. No doubt it would be a deterrent for ISIS if we killed Abaaoud’s father, a man who said he was “relieved” that French authorities killed his son, whom he called a “psychopath.”
In fact, Trump’s plan to defeat ISIS would also require invading dozens of other countries too. According to (rough) estimates by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London, there are over 20,000 ISIS recruits from 50 countries outside of Iraq and Syria. So for Trump to take out ISIS members’ families, he would have to launch attacks on Germany, Ireland, Italy, England, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, China, Russia, Canada, Israel, and the United States, to name a few.
So a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for World War III.