Last night on The Kelly File, former Senator Rick Santorum was on to discuss ISIS. In the course of the interview, Shannon Bream mentioned that Santorum has been warning us for ten years against the establishment of a “caliphate” by radical Muslims.
Watch the interview below:
BREAM: …update on the fate of potentially hundreds of Christians kidnapped by ISIS in the last few days. New questions are being asked about our approach to this fight. Rick Santorum is a former presidential candidate and Pennsylvania senator. He has been talking about this for a long time, in one form or another. Great to have you with us tonight. What’s your take on what the world should be doing and what we should be doing as we see Christians, it appears being systematically rounded up and now subject to some type of genocide in that region.
SANTORUM: Well, there’s no question genocide is occurring to Christians and Muslims who oppose ISIS, as well as Jews. This is a caliphate that has been established and that means they are, as Pete said, calling people from all over the world to come and fight this battle. As long as they hold ground, as long as they can continue to expand that ground, more and more will come. The fact that we are delaying means that the caliphate continues to exist. They’re not losing ground. They’re not being discredited in the eyes of the Muslim world. They will get stronger. This is an urgent need to take on ISIS, to get them out of Mosul and to do it immediately, not throwing a few sorties in a day, but a concentrated effort with American participation.
BREAM: They have a theology, these most hardened radical butchers, as we’ve seen them demonstrate themselves, that is sort of tempting Armageddon. I mean, they want to bring about destruction on a level that we’ve never seen before. They think it’s necessary for fulfilling their takeover in sort of the way they view (quote, unquote) “End Times.” How do we combat that, if there are people that are willing to flock there and martyr themselves in hopes of furthering that end?
SANTORUM: Well, the first thing we have to do is we have to start taking background. This is really important to understand. In the caliphate, the reason that we had a thousand-year world with the Muslim world….When I say “we” I mean the West…had a thousand-year war with Islam is that Islam was ever-expanding. When Islam began to contract, it collapsed. The caliphate was eliminated. Now they have established a caliphate. They are dead serious about expanding it. Unless we begin to take back that ground and make this caliphate irrelevant in the eyes of the Muslim world, or the radical Muslim world, we are going to have a bigger and bigger problem. So, the key is to act promptly and to make sure that America is involved. We have to have…I said today in my speech here at CPAC that we could put forth 10,000 troops in an advisory role, a training role, as well as to coordinate air strikes and to provide intelligence…all of these things are necessary to arm the Kurds and make sure we get ISIS, particularly out of Mosul, should be our first priority.
BREAM: You are specifically using a word that if you used it a couple years ago people literally would call you (quote) “Looney Tunes.” I think those are the exact words that…
SANTORUM: Yea, I used it ten years ago.
BREAM: You’ve been using the word “caliphate.” Why do you think that is important versus what a lot of other people are saying: “Islamic State” or another version of what we think they’re trying to accomplish? Why is that word so important to you, specifically?
SANTORUM: You know, back in the 1930s, Winston Churchill tried to warn the world of what Hitler was up to and the world didn’t listen. All you had to do is read his book. Well, that’s the same case with ISIS. Read the books. If you read the books, they say this is what they’re doing, looking back to the 7th century, and they’re trying to execute the same game plan that was executed in the 7th century. All we have to do is go back and look at it and see what they’re trying to accomplish. They’re using the same tactics: beheadings and torture and enslavement. This is, they are trying to recreate something from history and we need to learn from history in order to combat it and defeat it.
BREAM: Alright, you’re coming to us live from CPAC where you gave your speech today. Have you made a firm decision about 2016?
SANTORUM: No, I haven’t. You know, we’re doing what I think 14 other people who are here at CPAC this weekend is doing, which is out there laying out both our credentials, which I did in great detail with respect to our foreign policy record here, and laying out a vision, and trying to see what kind of support we’re going to get. We’re just going to be getting around the country in the next few months and we’ll make a decision sometime, probably in late spring.
Wikipedia has a good, basic definition of “caliphate” as “a form of Islamic government led by a caliph —a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad and a leader of the entire Muslim community.”
I think it might be helpful here to offer the contrast among the ideologies and theologies of Progressivism, Islamism, Catholicism, Conservatism, and Protestantism as it is manifest in the United States.
Progressivism: Centralized political authority, no religious authority (completely godless and imposing godlessness.)
Conservatism: Decentralized political authority, limited religious authority. (Basic rights come from God and only these rights must be protected by the government.)
Islamism: Centralized political authority, centralized religious authority that is both Islamic and political in nature. (Sharia Law mandated politically.)
Catholicism: Decentralized political authority (including freedom of conscience for non-Catholics, along with subsidiarity), centralized religious authority that is Catholic in nature.
Protestantism: Decentralized political authority, decentralized religious authority.
Rick Santorum is a conservative Catholic. So am I.
Catholicism, Protestantism, and Conservatism have little trouble aligning politically because their adherents share an appreciation for decentralized political authority. Islamists and Progressives, meanwhile, share an appreciation for centralized political authority, but progressives are beginning to peel away from support for Islam because it is becoming more clear that Islamism entails theocracy. Not only is it theocracy, it is brutal theocracy.
Example: ISIS crucifying a Christian child in accordance with Islamic Law.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob help America and other Western nations to unite against the caliphate which seeks to impose Islamic law on everyone globally.