Al Jazeera “Voice of Qatar” op-ed: Mexican drug cartels are worse than ISIS

Yaneth Deyinara Garcia (center) and Sigifrido Najera (2nd from left), members of the drug Organization “Cardenas Guillen”, are presented to the press at the headquarters of the Defense Secretary in Mexico City on March 20, 2009. (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

The horrific rampage of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has captured the world’s attention. Many Western commentators have characterized ISIS’s crimes as unique, no longer practiced anywhere else in the civilized world. They argue that the group’s barbarism is intrinsically Islamic, a product of the aggressive and archaic worldview that dominates the Muslim world. The ignorance of these claims is stunning.

While there other organized groups whose depravity and threat to the United States far surpasses that of ISIS, none have engendered the same kind of collective indignation and hysteria. This raises a question: Are Americans primarily concerned with ISIS’s atrocities or with the fact that Muslims are committing these crimes?

For example, even as the U.S. media and policymakers radically inflate ISIL’s threat to the Middle East and United States, most Americans appear to be unaware of the scale of the atrocities committed by Mexican drug cartels and the threat they pose to the United States…

Americans are quite aware of the cartels. But the Obama administration is not interested in border security. Furthermore, the cartels are crime pure and simple—and crime has been and always be with us.

Islam, on the other hand, is an ideology. Its beliefs underlie repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia and Iran. They agitate hatred for non-Muslims worldwide. Even in the West, where they try to keep it toned down, they present us with an obnoxious combination of supremacism and whiny victimhood.

Drug cartels are not trying to sell the idea that they have found the “truth” and that all should follow them.

Drug cartels are not trying to delegitimize Israel. They do not hate Jews on basis of obscure ancient texts.

Your so-called “religion” is in pretty sad shape when you have to resort saying, “We are better than drug cartels.”