This week, some devastating news comes to us from Iraq: Terrorists have seized stockpiles of chemical weapons, including the deadly gas, sarin.
This is a frightening development. Like Osama bin Laden before him, Baghdadi knows that Islamic radicals pray, almost without ceasing, for a leader with the strength to inflict damage on the American homeland.
And Baghdadi himself is famous for having mocked the United States during his detainment in an Iraqi internment camp. Before Obama released him, the ISIS leader threatened the American troops guarding him, saying: “See you in New York.”
Baghdadi knows that in order to create his long dreamt-of caliphate and unite the Islamic rulers under one banner, he must be able to strike what he calls the “Great Satan,” the United States of America.
A Cold-Blooded Killer
A report at the highly respected WND.com says, “ISIS has captured a stockpile of old chemical weapons at the Al Muthanna chemical weapons production complex, as its fighters sweep through Iraq’s Sunni-controlled region. The access to a sarin poison gas production facility, and the man with the expertise to operate it, is the result of a new alliance between the brutal jihadist fighters and Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was a top military commander and vice president to the deposed Saddam Hussein.”
The alliance between Baghdadi and the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s forces has created a very significant danger.
You see, the best-developed part of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction program was the chemical weapons division. And Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri has personnel under his command who can restart production at Saddam’s Al Muthanna facility, so it won’t be long before Baghdadi has sarin gas… if he doesn’t have it already.
Worst of all, sarin is toxic in very small quantities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sarin is odorless and colorless; and it can cause death in fewer than 10 minutes if not treated. The cause of death is suffocation; sarin causes paralysis in the lung muscle. And if even a small amount comes into contact with the skin, permanent neurological damage is basically unavoidable.
Finally, even though sarin is volatile, it can be transported. That makes chemical weapons an immediate threat to Baghdad and the surrounding region and, most importantly, a potential threat to the United States.
Islam’s New Conquering Hero?
It’s hard for most of us to understand the depth of Arab anger toward the United States. After repeated wars and countless casualties, many Arabs have never lived in a time without violence… and they blame the United States for the tragic destruction of their communities.
If Baghdadi’s forces could strike at the United States, he’d instantly be the most popular leader in the Arab world. Remember the spontaneous rejoicing in the streets after 9/11?
Baghdadi’s forces would be welcomed as conquering heroes, and he’d be free to sweep away the vestiges of U.S. allies in the Middle East.
Chaos in Iraq, therefore, may be the least of our worries if Obama continues to leave our borders open and the ISIS forces unopposed.
This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.
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