Ed West: Why don’t they hate us?

This week Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the lovely Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—now just ‘Islamic State’—issued a statement to the worldwide faithful in his new role as self-proclaimed caliph.

O ummah of Islam, indeed the world today has been divided into two camps and two trenches, with no third camp present: The camp of Islam and faith, and the camp of kufr (disbelief) and hypocrisy – the camp of the Muslims and the mujahidin everywhere, and the camp of the jews, the crusaders, their allies, and with them the rest of the nations and religions of kufr, all being led by America and Russia, and being mobilized by the jews.’

All in all, in raging against the enemies of Islam, al-Baghdadi mentioned Russia, America (twice) and the Jews (three times; the most – obviously).

Isn’t there a major power he missed out? Isn’t the European Union supposed to be a player these days? I’m so used to Britain being a third-rate power that I even get a little twinge of pride when an angry mob in some dusty, third-world hellhole burns badly-made Union Jacks, but how relevant can a United Europe really be if no one outside its borders considers it a threat or enemy?

Shouldn’t the EU be asking: why don’t they hate us?