Matt Drudge ran this headline on Monday.
“ISIS IS AMONG US.”
There is evidence disturbed and violent individuals are among us but little they are connected to the Islamic State.
In fact, it can be argued the Islamic State is not what Matt Drudge, the alt-right, and the establishment media say it is.
The Islamic State is not a monolithic force and it certainly is not a state. It is a loose confederation of Salafist jihadis scattered across Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, Libya, India, and far afield as Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It includes Boko Haram, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Jundallah, the Mujahideen Shura Council, Ansar al-Tawhid fi’Bilad al-Hind, Ansar al-Khliafah, and many other groups.
Despite what Drudge and the alt-right tell us, the Islamic State is not active in the United States. It has not crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico. It is not arriving in boats from Africa.
Los Zetas is operating in the United States but not the Islamic State.
Mara Salvatrucha, the notorious Mexican drug gang, operates out of Charlotte, North Carolina, but you would be hard pressed to find the Islamic State there.
The Trinitarios, Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings kill more in a weekend than Islamic State jihadists supposedly in America have killed since Abu Musab al-Zarqawi allegedly created Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, the progenitor of ISIS and later the Islamic State, in 1999.
The alt-right is feeding on the neocon narrative.
And the neocon narrative is—and has been since Richard Perle and Douglas Feith tried to bend Benjamin Netanyahu’s ear in 1996—to spread “creative destruction” across the Arab and Muslim world.
Since 9/11 an integral part of the neocon plan for total war has consisted of a concerted propaganda effort to convince Americans there are evil Muslims “who hate our freedom” lurking in the shadows.
This fantasy scenario is betrayed by the fact the FBI has …