ISIS Derangement Syndrome

Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom in the middle of the world’s geopolitical tinderbox, ousting ISIS will be every bit as dangerous.”

Drehle goes from there immediately into the debate over whether U.S. troops or local troops should do the job. His article is followed by Max Boot arguing for U.S. ground troops and Karl Vick arguing for U.S. bombing with local ground troops. All three writers seem to be aware that ISIS wanted U.S. bombing and wants U.S. ground troops even more, that ISIS recruitment climbs in response to U.S. military action. All three can’t help but be aware that terrorist kingdoms like Saudi Arabia already exist in the region with the blessing of the U.S. government (and of magazine writers who seek to please the U.S. government). All three are fairly condescending toward local troops, eager to (somehow) get Sunnis to attack Sunnis, and wary of allowing Iranian “death squads” to get involved in the, you know, mass killing they are proposing.

None of the three have one word to say about the great many innocents already killed in the latest U.S. bombings, but all three seem to grasp that the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was necessary for the creation of ISIS, all three seem to understand that fighting ISIS is counterproductive, and yet all three strive to place the need to attack ISIS beyond the range of any debate. The question is not whether to make the disaster worse, but exactly how to do it.

What, after all, makes the region a global tinderbox? Israel’s nukes? Certainly not, those are not supposed to be mentioned or even thought about. Well then, all the other weapons? But over 80% of those are supplied by the United States, so that can’t be it. Perhaps the violent overthrows and devastation of so many governments and countries? But it was the U.S. and friends who destroyed Iraq and made Libya what it is and who have done what they’re still doing to Afghanistan. It is the U.S. that has ruined Yemen. It is the U.S. that arms and supports Israel’s wars. It is the U.S. that props up the terrorist states in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and Egypt. Surely what makes the region a tinderbox (rather than a region rich in oil about which greedy earth-destroying interests might be concerned) is something unthinkable or nonsensical or inscrutable, something ethnic or religious or unworthy of consideration.

Because otherwise we might have to consider cease fires and arms embargoes and diplomacy and humanitarian aid as possible alternatives to the usual choices of (1) do nothing, or (2) make it all worse with more of what caused much of the problem in the first place. We might have to consider that it isn’t ISIS that’s posing the greatest threat in the form of “the effort to eradicate the group.”

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  • Nonanon25

    Nothing like a little anti-semitism to start the day. If the presence of Israel makes the ME a tinderbox, so be it. Who would care were it not for the oil? Certainly no one lifted a finger regarding massacres in Rowanda, or any current situation in the dark continent, or the genocide being perpetrated in areas under ISIL control.

    Why would anyone write about the ME, were it not for the oil, or the holy city of Jerusalem? The US will not let anyone gain control of the ME, at any cost. ISIL can be wiped out at any time, and they serve as a potent force against Iran. The proxy war is still in Syria, with Ukraine as an extension.

    Who would seriously suggest ISIL might advance on Israel? No one? That’s right. Iran is still the prize. Once it falls, whoever wins will have control over all of the ME, and the pipelines through it.

    There’s is not a holy war, merely a dramatic prelude to Armageddon, as are those who promote action against them, should anyone attempt to invade Israel. No one is that stupid, no one. Undermine their support? What else is new?

    The US has strategic vital interest in the ME, and the overriding issue is still Iran. It’s a stalemate. Has been for decades, modern day crusades notwithstanding.

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  • Rehmat

    In order to find out who benefits from the havoc created by the ISIS in Arab countries bordering Israel, one needs to take the following acid test.

    1. Why the so-called ‘Islamic State’ never threatened to liberate Muslim Palestine from the foreign Jew occupiers?

    2. Why the ‘IS’ never invaded a pro-West Arab country, such as, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, etc?

    3. Why the ‘IS’ has targeted only those regional governments which refuse to recognize the Zionist entity and support Palestinians against the Jew invaders?

    4. Why all the bogus ISIS horror stories are always picked up by Jewish-controlled western mainstream media, such as, Time, Reuters, The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, the UK’s Independent, the Times of India, Fox News, Metro, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, Breitbart, IBT, ABC News, NBC, the Washington Post, VOX, National Post, etc. Most of their anti-Islam propaganda under the name of ‘IS’ was debunked later?

    5. Why all the ‘IS’ beheading videos were found to be the work of S.I.T.E ‘intelligence consultant group’, founded by Iraqi-born Israeli citizen and former Mossad operator Rita Katz, whose Jewish father was hanged in Iraq for spying for Israel?

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