Over the weekend, ISIS beheaded Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. His execution came a week after ISIS beheaded his fellow countryman Haruna Yukawa.
How often have we heard The Left (as well as the Ron Pauls of the world) argue that the War in Iraq, Gitmo or U.S. foreign policy is responsible for creating terrorists?
Indeed, Ron Paul blamed French foreign policy for last month’s Charlie Hebdo attacks. But as I pointed out, the French opposed the War in Iraq. Yet this did not prevent Cherif Kouachi from recruiting his countrymen to fight in Iraq on behalf of the insurgency.
Although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did re-interpret Japan’s constitution last year in such a way that it would allow its forces to fight alongside it allies, its military hasn’t been deployed outside of Japan except for UN peacekeeping missions with the exception of the Japan Iraq Reconstruction and Support Group which was in Iraq in a non-combat capacity from February 2004 to July 2006.
As it stands now, Japan’s military poses no threat to ISIS and yet ISIS has no qualms about harming Japanese civilians. It demonstrates the fallacy of the argument that we are responsible for creating terrorists. While the United States and Israel are their biggest targets, the jihadist campaigns are global.