Time to step up global fight against brutal Islamic State terrorists

Time to step up global fight against brutal Islamic State terrorists

The war against Islamic State is a global fight, not simply a battle to be waged by the people of Iraq and Syria with a scattering of US and Arab air support. Muslim extremists who once looked to al-Qaeda for guidance are inspired by the militants’ successes and are swarming to their ranks. There is no faster-growing terror group, nor a greater threat to international stability. Only through leadership and governments working together can the scourge be eliminated.

Those attributes have been lacking in the US-led alliance, which for five months has been flying bombing raids and training Iraqi soldiers. The debacle of American involvement in the Iraq war that ousted Saddam Hussein has made US President Barack Obama reluctant to significantly commit his country’s military to the fight. Arab nations, although directly threatened, are also reticent about openly offering support for fear of a militant backlash. The video showing the burning alive in a cage of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, on the heels of the brutal beheadings of two Japanese, has heightened calls by some Jordanians for an end to the kingdom’s involvement.

Jordan’s King Abdullah has instead vowed a “relentless” war. His pledge came as US officials said the United Arab Emirates had withdrawn from air strikes. Unless governments give their full backing, the Islamic extremists will remain a threat. Discipline and cohesion have allowed them to hold on to territory seized last summer in east Syria and west and north Iraq populated by more than 15 million people. The coalition has stopped advances, but its reliance on air strikes with no commitment of ground forces means the jihadis remain entrenched. That puts the battle mostly in the hands of disorganised Iraqi troops and poorly armed Kurdish fighters. Training and rearming will take time – during which the well-funded, battle-hardened ranks of Islamic State fighters will have been boosted by thousands of foreign recruits.

Intelligence agencies have to better share information; defeating Islamic State requires a clear strategy and nations working closely together. The unity leaders promised last month when linking arms while marching in Paris after Islamist attacks has yet to materialise. No nation is as well placed as the US to take a leadership role in coordinating militaries and resources. But Arab countries also have a vital role to play as the struggle is taking place on their doorsteps. They have to set aside political and religious concerns and resolutely step forward.

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Robert Chaen

Global CEO-Founder of ChangeU and Movsha Movers & Shakers, Hero-CEO Whisperer, Writer, The #1 Alpha Change Expert, Father of Asian FireWalking Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and corp games designer. He is famously known to be the “Hero-CEO Whisperer”, 1-on1 coaching with many CEOs and Celebrities for corporate strategies, staff & office political issues, personal branding, and even public figure OSHA safety drilling called Drager Defense. He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, Auditor General's Office Maldives, etc. He is the prolific creator and online Author of innovative management tools such as DragonCEO, Diamond Leader, Papillon Personal Effectiveness, OSHA Drager Defense, KPI Bank, etc. He is also the Founder of Movsha, an international networking with monthly mingles with MOVers & SHAkers, Angels, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Celebrities, HR-PR-CSR, HODs, and the Most Influential IDEA people. ​Chaen is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Story Conference where he interviewed Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia) and Siti Nurhaliza. He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show), before Tony Robbins even came to Asia. If Robert can get you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be THE BEST. He champions CN-HK-EU-US Tycoons to be philanthropic, and to be angel investors to support the next generation of Jack Mas, Steve Jobs, Richard Bransons, Steven Spielbergs, or Barrack Obamas. With some slick motivational speakers with fake doctorates out there, graduates often describe Robert to be "the most credible, empowering, truthful Coach" who believe in his graduates to believe in themselves. ​However, clients have described Robert as "The #1 Cool Badass Alpha Change Expert". He has the coolest first class stature, rapport and trust from clients. He will not hesitate to tell the badass truth ever so gently because clients are paying him big bucks to reveal the truth, find solutions, persuade the hostile HODs, and align cross-teams within the organization. Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant sceptics. He will inspire your team to Go for Top 1, or to be a Dragon CEO. With boundless energies, Robert owns 15+ successful business Joint-Ventures, and created unique products under his global VC network called Chaen's Angels VC. He is deeply passionate about ChangeUTH Youth CSR, Science-Based Medicine (vs. quackery), short films and Reality TV. Touched by a personal tragedy through the loss of his HK-born Portuguese wife, co-coach and business partner, Brenda José of 18 years, Robert explores the many ways in which the spirit world is communicating with the living with real scientific studies and evidence. He gives inspiring conferences on The Secret Afterlife.

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