Sunday 22 February 2015

Weekend Edification(2) - Understanding ISIS

Which is quite important, n'est-ce pas?

Here's a great essay, the thesis of which has the ring of well-researched and long overdue truth about it.  What ISIS really wants.   And the answer seems to be: to live up to the rather demanding caliphatic responsibilities placed on it by its own interpretation of the Koran and associated fundamental doctrines.

Both illuminating and, notwithstanding the horror and the menace, in its own way rather encouraging (seeds of its own destruction-style).  To understand is not to forgive, it's to forewarn.  Hopefully in places where policy is maturely made.



Electro-Kevin said...

The problem with ISIS is two-fold and both of them emanating from the West:

- Stupid Western leaders who create power vacuums for them to fill

- The internet, by which barbarities which have been committed for aeons are used to create shock and awe.

Without these things (and uncontrolled immigration) they would be a far lesser threat.

What to do ?

We're fucked, I'm afraid. The Islamisation of Europe is coming whether we like it or not.

Electro-Kevin said...

A third issue is our humanity. We could stop all of this if we were so inclined.

Timbo614 said...

That link was a long read Nick, but thanks.

Makes a lot of sense but leaves a lot of unanswered questions if this "state" is to continue to (be permitted to?) co-exist with the rest of the world.

Sebastian Weetabix said...

We should play the long game here. Encourage all our nutters to move to Raqqa, and when they're all there, drop a MOAB. Rinse and repeat for other locations. As Stalin wisely put it, if a man is a problem... no more man, no problem.

James Higham said...

That is what ISIS wants but more important is what its fathers, the CIA and its funders, the Sa'udis, want.

CityUnslicker said...

James - the CIA ets are just not that bright. They fund one entity to take on another, then it grows and they have to find someone else to fund.

Look now we are funding the Kurds which we avoided for years as their own homeland breakaway state is going to be a real issue.

The problem with real politik is the constant unintended consequences issue.