How much money is islamism costing the world? Why?
To say nothing of the thousands of productive lives taken or shattered by islamists; modern men & women who will never bring to the world their talent or their children – all because of islamism?
At what point does the cost of islamism overwhelm any benefit to humanity? At what point does the violent destruction of lives, nations and economies by this despotic death cult outweigh any possible benefit accruing to mankind from political islam??
I’d say that point has passed.
My recollection from a govt Exec class @ Harvard was that Desert Storm cost the global economy about $80B. According to this source, the Iraq & Afghan wars – the result of islamists attacking infidels, supporting islamist homicide bombers, supporting islamism (taliban), are north of a trillion $ (August, 2012). The last report I read was that about 22 of the 25 wars globally right now are islamists fighting their infidel neighbors. (And departing Iraq & Afghanistan immediately would only reduce the costs a bit – likely they would just grow elsewhere or in the future, and allowing islamism to fester anywhere just ensures more, and more expensive, future wars.)
THIS is the cost of islamism. Those not recognizing this fact are in severe denial.
Why is the civilized world willing to pay it?
Does anyone care that these trillions of dollars could have been far better used in improving the human condition, but are utterly wasted on bullets, bombs, AvGas, tank fuel, body armor, etc., while engaged in fighting against a forced return to 7th Century religious despotism?
The world needs those trillions of dollars and thousands of modern, educated lives far more than it needs a violent return to the pre-literate, pre-human-rights-7th Century – and it’s time to lay it out to the muslim powers that be, whether in riyadh, tehran, damascus, cairo, islamabad or wherever: Stop this crap, rein-in your violent islamists globally (we don’t care how you do it, just DO IT) or we’re going to nuke your major cities because you are holding back the entire world, but mostly the global poor, with your insanity. Then we’ll take care of the outliers ourselves. As long as we must fight crazy battles against those harming the entire world’s population, it might as well be everywhere they pop-up, and, no, we aren’t going to be nice about it anymore: Islamist fighter in a building? Blow the ground floor out with a tank main gun, drop the entire building on his head, and keep driving forward – just like in WW2. No more Mr Nice Guy avoiding civilian casualties – islamists are causing ‘way more civilian causalties than will be generated by just ENDING this crap. Nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused ‘way fewer civilian casualties than an invasion of Japan would have cause; same issue.
… and then FOLLOW THROUGH.
We essentially are allowing the existence of a small, fanatical religio-political infrastructue whose fundamental belief, guiding principles – and actions – are: Convert or die, to dictate all of human progress at this point in history. How stupid and immature is that?
We in the West fought our religious wars centuries ago, and science and rational behavior trumped barbaric religious practices informing government.
Why are we allowing pre-modern barbarians to force on us a violent return to those days?
Time to turn the tables: Stop this crap, accept that the world is a pluralist, modern place… or WE WILL KILL YOU.
It is not the infidels causing this violence and these costs, it’s not the infidels throwing away trillions of dollars and thousands of lives and futures in the name of despotism, and it’s past time to stop those who are.
The world’s poor need far more from the wealthy nations than generations of hot air from idiots like Hilary and Obama engaged in the fantasy of moving society forward while allowing islamism to exist.
The people of the world deserve for more than having their freedoms and futures stolen or delayed by the barbaric backwardness of this dealth cult.
And it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the global Middle Class to create new anything while so much tax revenue is being spent on containing – rather than obliterating – islamists.
After all, this would be the ADULT thing to do: keeping global peace as Great Powers once did; once upon a time doing so was what DEFINED Great Powers.
Then we got the Baby Boomers running the place…