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Ash writes: "If fomenting Jihad is a concern, a closer look at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz might be in order. The ambitious Harvard-educated senator from Texas is apparently every bit as intent on conflict as Emwazi, and what he's proposing is quite a bit more extreme."

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. (photo: David J. Philip/AP)
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. (photo: David J. Philip/AP)


Jihadi Ted

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

10 December 15

 

he U.S. and British media outlets got a lot of mileage out of the man they dubbed “Jihadi John.” His real name was Mohammed Emwazi, and his genesis from British citizen to ISIS poster boy is now the subject of quite a bit more press than he deserved.

Mohammed “Jihadi John” Emwazi made himself famous making snuff films and distributing them on the internet. Co-starring in the films were Western hostages whose worst crime was likely to have been allowing themselves to be captured by ISIS fighters.

The barbarism and bloodletting displayed in Emwazi’s beheading films was as shocking as it was purposeful. Emwazi needed a worldwide audience to promote ISIS, and the Western press was only too happy to oblige.

It would be nice to dismiss Emwazi’s beheading videos as isolated barbarity. In fact, as is often the case, the violence depicted in Emwazi’s videos beget more violence. Beheading videos now seem to be standard fare in the region, with ISIS fighters recording their executions, fighters opposed to ISIS like Jaysh al-Islam recording theirs and even the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) Assad opposition fighters are accused of following suit in dispatching Assad military personnel. Emwazi apparently did not understand that video cameras are cheap and so is life with his mindset.

We are told by U.S. Pentagon spokespersons that Emwazi died in an American airstrike on a vehicle he occupied in Raqqa, Syria, in November 2015. Unable to produce Emwazi’s body, the U.S. is taking the position that he likely “evaporated” in the explosion.

Coming in the wake of what U.S. officials described as a “burial at sea” for Osama bin Laden, Emwazi’s purported evaporation marks a trend in the demise of high-profile Jihadi militants. They die, they disappear, and we are left to trust the uncorroborated accounts of U.S. officials. A concept not everyone is entirely comfortable with.

If fomenting Jihad is a concern, a closer look at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz might be in order. The ambitious Harvard-educated senator from Texas is apparently every bit as intent on conflict as Emwazi, and what he’s proposing is quite a bit more extreme.

Jihadi John produced disturbing and horrific videos. His actions were beneath the dignity of all men, but against the backdrop of conflict in the region over the past quarter of a century it was a modest killing spree. Jihadi Ted would apparently seek to take things quite a bit further. Speaking to a Tea Party event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cruz had this to say:

“We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion ... I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”

Cruz, never having served in the military and obviously not a student of the implications of carpet-bombing, fails to take into consideration several things.

One: If you think there is a refugee crisis in Europe now, wait until Jihadi Ted starts carpet-bombing Western Iraq and Eastern Syria. The refugees will stream out of the region on a scale that the Western world can little imagine. 

Two: Our European allies, sensing utter catastrophe, will abandon our cowboy militarism just as quickly as they did in 2003.

Three: Carpet-bombing the Western Iraq/Eastern Syrian region is likely to kill, maim, and displace millions of civilians while failing to crush ISIS or even kill many of their fighters, who will conveniently be long gone.

Four: Wherever the ISIS commanders and fighters flee to, they will be rejoicing. The Islamic world will unite against the West, and we will be facing 10,000 points of armed conflict around the world with a fractured coalition.

What makes Jihadi John and Jihadi Ted so similar in their methods is their willingness to use human suffering to implement military and social agendas. Ted Cruz is spewing this invective with a purpose that Machiavelli would be proud of. In short, this is all an attempt on the part of Cruz to best his Republican/Tea Party rivals in their race for the GOP nomination. Consequences mean nothing; power, everything.

Ted Cruz’s birth name is Rafael Cruz, after his father of the same name. His father was born in Cuba. Interestingly, his father fought for Castro’s revolution, but his aunt fought against it. Cruz’s parents, Rafael Cruz and Eleanor Darragh Wilson, are either Canadian citizens or not, depending on which version you believe. In either case it appears Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on December 22, 1970. The family moved to the U.S. a few years later. There is a lukewarm “Cruz is not a citizen” movement out there, although no one seems to care. U.S. citizenship notwithstanding, Cruz appears to pursue the U.S. presidency unimpeded. 

What is further striking about Cruz’s rantings is that he seems quite comfortable with Emwazi’s logic. He seems to welcome catastrophic war, seems capable translating Armageddon chatter into political currency, and appears quite savvy at manipulating the camera to amplify his message and its impact.

At the end of the day, “Jihad” or “holy war” appear to be consistent themes throughout the statements of Jihadis John and Ted. As are a total disregard for life, a desire for world domination, and an alarming intolerance for moderation.

For Americans, it’s not enough to reject Jihadist philosophy “over there.” We will either reject it here, or accept it here.



Marc Ash was formerly the founder and Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+48 # indian weaver 2015-12-10 11:44
Well, the GOP is already goose stepping to Jihadi Ted's drum beat, 10s of millions of these insurgent terrorists at last count. Include all of Cliven Bundy's Bunch (White Supremacists, etc.), and we have an insidious insurrection well underway. MSM, Washington DC, and the GOP clowns running for pres. are rowing that swift boat into destruction of our government. The Government's reaction / action: none, as they are all complicit in the radicalization of these cruel, spineless traitors. Where is the "Dept. of Justice" anyhow? What Dept. of Justice? Where is the FBI? Asleep at the wheel, or just simply out to lunch?
 
 
-31 # rich black 2015-12-10 12:04
“We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion ... I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”

And yet, just this morning, I heard Cruz say that we need to get out of the Middle East. He had previously said:

“We have no business, I think, getting in the middle of the Syrian civil war. And part of the reason the Obama foreign policy has failed so badly, is he spent hundreds of millions of dollars pursuing these mythical, moderate rebels – that by and large don’t exist....”

Other than Rand Paul, Cruz is probably the least Hawkish clown in the clown car. And, unfortunately, after listening to and watching a blood thirst Hillary, she could probably drive that Republican clown car.

I have always detested Cruz, but I am also no fan of one-sided journalism, whether it comes from the right or the left. So Mark, did you use the Jihadi John comparison, because the Hitler comparison has already been applied to Trump?
 
 
+47 # bmiluski 2015-12-10 14:11
Rich........... ..“We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion ... I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”
If that's what you consider the least hawkish then where the hell were you brought up?
 
 
+7 # rich black 2015-12-10 15:45
Read everything these candidates have said, and then tell me if Cruz is more hawkish than Bush and Rubio, the neocon's boys, or Ben Carson, with his apocalyptic belief that nuclear weapons could mean that the "end times" are near, or Hillary, who said last week, that when it comes to Iran, “The nuclear option should not at all be taken off the table”. I'm not saying that Cruz is a dove, I'm just saying that these other candidates are even bigger war mongers.
 
 
+22 # ronjazz 2015-12-10 16:25
Quoting rich black:
Read everything these candidates have said, and then tell me if Cruz is more hawkish than Bush and Rubio, the neocon's boys, or Ben Carson, with his apocalyptic belief that nuclear weapons could mean that the "end times" are near, or Hillary, who said last week, that when it comes to Iran, “The nuclear option should not at all be taken off the table”. I'm not saying that Cruz is a dove, I'm just saying that these other candidates are even bigger war mongers.


No, they are not. Cruz and Trump lead the way in savagery, psychopathy and intentional war-mongering.
 
 
+15 # dbrize 2015-12-10 14:33
Valid points. Cruz is no more hawkish than Hillary is progressive. Both will say what is necessary to pacify their base.

Cruz for all his unlikable,confr ontational personality traits, is smart, well educated and, like Hillary, excels at pandering. This bit of phraseology is more likely directed at the RR crowd in Iowa than anything else.
 
 
+6 # rich black 2015-12-10 15:46
You are exactly right.
 
 
+16 # ronjazz 2015-12-10 16:24
Quoting rich black:
“We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion ... I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”

And yet, just this morning, I heard Cruz say that we need to get out of the Middle East. He had previously said:

“We have no business, I think, getting in the middle of the Syrian civil war. And part of the reason the Obama foreign policy has failed so badly, is he spent hundreds of millions of dollars pursuing these mythical, moderate rebels – that by and large don’t exist....”

Other than Rand Paul, Cruz is probably the least Hawkish clown in the clown car. And, unfortunately, after listening to and watching a blood thirst Hillary, she could probably drive that Republican clown car.

I have always detested Cruz, but I am also no fan of one-sided journalism, whether it comes from the right or the left. So Mark, did you use the Jihadi John comparison, because the Hitler comparison has already been applied to Trump?


Hey, Rich, he said it, and he meant it. This is the very opposite of one-sided journalism.
 
 
+15 # rich black 2015-12-10 17:41
"Hey, Rich, he said it, and he meant it."

He doesn't stand for anything, or mean anything he says. He will say whatever he needs to say in order to get elected.

He also said this:

“No man who doesn't begin every day on his knees is fit to stand in the Oval Office.”

Now do you think he meant that, or was he just playing to his Evangelicals? Is he a cold, calculating, opportunistic attorney, or is he a God-fearing Christian?

A guy like Cruz stands for nothing but winning. There is no statement he won't change (if it is not well received by his polarized supporters), or ideological stand he won't bend in order to pander to his base.

So ronjazz, here's a question for you. Imagine it comes down to a Trump/Cruz ticket vs a Clinton/Sanders ticket (not necessarily in that order). If you go back, and rank these candidates, as to their war mongering statements and war mongering votes, how would you rank them? Be sure to rank them as individuals, and not according to party, because at one time, Trump was a Democrat (when it suited him), and Sanders was an Independent. I'll give you one answer for free, Bernie Sanders is, by far, the least hawkish.
 
 
+38 # overanddone 2015-12-10 14:18
Any truth to the story that Cruz was once a Man?
 
 
+8 # Skippydelic 2015-12-11 06:39
None whatsoever...
 
 
+12 # bbaldwin2001 2015-12-10 15:00
... and neither Cruz or Hillary will be the next President.... nor will hair-of-hay Trump.
 
 
+15 # jsluka 2015-12-10 16:03
Statistically, it is extremely likely that Hillary will be the next president. So who do you realistically think is going to beat her? I support Bernie, but have little hope that the "system" will produce him as the Democratic candidate, and it is unlikely that any of the Rethuglican candidates can beat Hillary. That's the sad reality of the situation.
 
 
+26 # reiverpacific 2015-12-10 15:10
I think that the real message to this "Furriner" is, if this is how Crusher Cruz thinks, or is so turnaround volatile, consider what he'd do to civil liberties in the "Homeland", already under increasing pressure and vulnerability, if he went the whole way (my wife and I'd have agreed to be gone if he even gets close).
So-he's gleaning reactionary votes from Trumpeter: we'll see whether all these "Freedom loving" suckers on the grassroots right like it when they're lumped in with everybody else as their mode of speech, thought and freedom of movement are whipped out from under them like a tablecloth.
The fact that he's even come THIS far is a sad statement on the mentality of the "Average American", I imagine mostly angry white guys.
 
 
+9 # davidg 2015-12-10 15:28
A minor comment: With high probability, Jihadi John is dead. Because if he wasn't, he could score a propaganda coup by going on the internet, showing that the US has no clue about what it's doing. Ditto for Bin Laden.
 
 
-12 # RMDC 2015-12-10 17:30
david -- unless of course he was an agent of the CIA or MI6 and has been retired, given a new identity and re-settled very comfortable in the US or UK. That often happens to such guys. they do their terror work and then settle down somewhere in the suburbs of a nice city.

His videos were faked. He did not really behead anyone.

In the case of bin Laden, he probably died years before the Seal idiots killed him.
 
 
-18 # MidwestTom 2015-12-10 15:33
The country is so divided with roughly 25% radical in each direction that in the primary season no candidate can afford to step into the middle and expect to win their party's nomination.
 
 
+18 # ronjazz 2015-12-10 16:27
Quoting MidwestTom:
The country is so divided with roughly 25% radical in each direction that in the primary season no candidate can afford to step into the middle and expect to win their party's nomination.


Bullsh*t. There are exactly ZERO radical leftists int he conversation.
 
 
+16 # pietheyn07 2015-12-10 20:27
Tom: Assume you mean that 25% of the electorate are "radical"libera ls. Could you please spell out the qualities you believe that make for a radical liberal?
 
 
+25 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-12-10 15:48
Gotta keep the war machine well fed.
Gotta keep the American public believing that the USA rules the world.
 
 
+13 # RMDC 2015-12-10 17:36
Trying to figure out who among the republican candidates is the most lunatic is driving me crazy. There is up and down battle. Each one tries to out do the other in savagery, ignorance, and viciousness.

I thought I would never think this but John Kacich actually looks normal.

I've never really seen much to Ted Cruz but my impression of his from the few things I've seen is that he is mentally ill. He is a psychopath. He has split personalities. He is delusional. At least Trump is just an egotistical billionaire who is in love with himself. That's pretty normal. Cruz is truly scary.

Bush is simply evil as all the Bushes are. He is the kind of evil that Hannah Arendt says is banal, the kind who can play horseshoes in the afternoon and then with the same mood order the deaths of a million people. He shows no emotion. He has no sense of humor. He has no passion. He is banal and evil.

I'm for Bernie Sanders and I think he has a chance of getting the nomination.

But let's say he does not and Hillary is up there. This would be the most extreme case of voting for the lesser of two evils. Hillary vs any of the republicans.
 
 
+21 # Robbee 2015-12-10 18:40
does anyone here actually listen to bernie?

does anyone here know exactly what "political revolution" he calls for, or what's revolutionary about it?

no, it's not raising the minimum wage - we've done that before

no, it's not whack-a-mole, fixing every oppression of us 99%, whatever pops up to gore us next

as bernie puts it - “Long term, we need to go further and establish public funding of elections … American democracy is not about corporations and billionaires being able to buy candidates and elections. It is not about Wall Street and big oil or the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson spending billions of dollars to elect candidates who will make the rich richer and everyone else poorer. According to media reports the Koch brothers alone, one family, will spend more money in this election cycle than either the Democratic or Republican parties. This is not democracy. This is oligarchy. The defining principle of American democracy is ... every citizen having an equal say ... And that’s the kind of American political system we have to fight for!"

- it's overthrowing the oligarchy that rules us - restoring democracy - and he's told us how we will do it!

bernie is plain-spoken - says what he means - somebody needs to wake up and listen to bernie! we say we like him but, except for me, we don't support his "political revolution" here on rsn! - listen to berie!
 
 
+17 # Robbee 2015-12-10 19:01
i misspoke, robert reich now supports bernie's revolution!
 
 
+11 # Treadwell 2015-12-11 00:48
Huh!? Wait a minute...is that correct? Cruz is not native born, and that is clear? If so, How can he run?
 
 
+3 # Dietz 2015-12-11 15:43
He is not native born, but apparently that seems to make no difference anymore as long as at least his mother was a US citizen when she whelped. What gives me pause is the question whether his parents were Canadian citizens then or not. Why the question? Is this so hard to find out?
 
 
+12 # AUCHMANNOCH 2015-12-11 01:45
This bloke is an absolute nutter. In 2014 he wanted to put nuclear missiles into Poland! He has a death wish for planet Earth let alone the Middle East!Readersupp ortednews.org/o pinion2/277-75/ 22643-and-visio ns-of-missiles- danced-in-ted-c ruzs-head
 
 
+13 # Skippydelic 2015-12-11 07:10
Interestingly enough, the 'carpet bombing' that Ted Cruz thinks so highly of has been classified as a WAR CRIME under the Geneva Conventions since 1977!

Remember, Cruz was an Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Bush Administration; regardless of ANY policy issues, he should KNOW that it's a War Crime, and THAT should be ENOUGH to keep him from even SUGGESTING that the US do such a thing!

But then, it's Ted Cruz.

He's NOT well-liked in the GOP.

In fact, from all accounts, EVERYBODY HATES Ted Cruz!

He kind of reminds me of this exchange from M*A*S*H:

Frank Burns: What I don't understand is why do people take an instant dislike to me?

Trapper John: It saves time, Frank.

Evidently, to KNOW Ted Cruz is to HATE him!

To get a good idea of just HOW eminently HATABLE Ted Cruz is, we need go no further than his old college roommate, Craig Mazin:

http://theslot.jezebel.com/fuckin-craig-mazin-an-appreciation-of-ted-cruzs-colleg-1746278435

WHY does this ASSCLOWN think that HE should be President of the United States???
 
 
+10 # RnR 2015-12-11 08:25
Ted Cruz is probably the most repulsive man I've ever seen. He's even repulsive just to look at. Sorry but some are, it's their "inner being" surfacing.
 
 
+4 # Dietz 2015-12-11 15:44
Frankly, he reminds me of a rodent.
 
 
+1 # RnR 2015-12-12 07:05
I think of him as the human crucifix, what an embarrassment he is :)
 
 
0 # Anarchist 23 2015-12-13 10:49
M Scott Peck in his book 'People of the Lie' wrote that good people are repulsed by seeing people infested with evil. Yes, he is very repulsive..furt hermore it looks like he has been made of wax which seems to be in the process of melting. His uncanny resemblance to Joe McCarthy, along with his 'jidhadis under the bed' thought process makes me wonder if some dark magic has been used...necroman cy for example to create him...and all of the others as well.
 
 
+4 # Pancho 2015-12-11 11:45
Rafael Bienvenido Cruz claims he fought with Castro and threw bombs, Molotov cocktails.

It's all hokum. No one should give it any credibility.

I don't know if Ted's aunt fought against Castro, but I seriously doubt it. The entire family, Ted especially, is full of shit.
 
 
+1 # Pancho 2015-12-12 10:01
I see that Dr. Ben is in the tank. Cruz is rising to the top.
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2015-12-13 12:29
Quoting Pancho:
I see that Dr. Ben is in the tank. Cruz is rising to the top.


Heh-heh; but it's the shit, not the cream that's defying the laws of nature and gravity in this case.
 
 
+1 # Pancho 2015-12-12 10:02
Ted gave himself his nickname. I think we should start calling him the one he disavowed, given to him by his fellow students who probably also hated him.

"Felito."
 
 
+1 # banichi 2015-12-13 02:29
So who knows if Cruz is really a native-born American citizen? That would be the ultimate if he is not, but just is running off as if he is an American?

You do have to be a natural-born American citizen to run for President....so far as I recall from my civics classes a long time ago...
 

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