The New Caliphate: What Should Be Done about the Islamic State? Part I

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In the aftermath of the Brussels terror attack many will call for a military solution to the Islamic State problem. Yet the new science of Cliodynamics predicts that the long-term result of the military victory over ISIS will be the opposite of what is intended.

I can’t think of any other large organization in the modern world that could match the Islamic State in pure evil. From mass executions to sexual slavery to the destruction of cultural monuments—it seems ISIS wants to leave no bases uncovered.

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Now ISIS claims the responsibility for the today’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. As reported in the Washington Post:

A group of the soldiers of the caliphate, wrapped in explosive belts and carrying explosive devices and machine guns, launched to target sites carefully chosen in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, to immerse inside Brussels airport and the metro station and kill a number of Crusaders, before detonating their explosive belts amidst their groupings. The result of the attacks was the killing of more than 40 and the wounding of no less than 210 of the citizens of the Crusader states, and unto Allah is all praise, gratitude, and grace.

The carnage in Brussels will reignite the debate on what should be done about the Islamic State. It will put additional pressure on Western leaders, and most importantly Barack Obama, to do more to defeat the Islamic State (as discussed in another Washington Post article today). Yet intensifying military pressure on the Islamic State, or even destroying it in Iraq and Syria, will generate precisely the opposite result of what is intended.

Why do I think so? I explain in Part II.

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al loomis

evil? nothing isis has done compares with the mass destruction of the iraq invasion. that was done for profit. the horrors of isis are a response, an attempt to match the greed driven western armies with the fervor of desperado terror.

Richard

Even if we accept your premises (and both are quite shaky; and I say that as someone who believes that Dubya went in to Iraq as revenge against Saddam), just because something is done for profit doesn’t make it more evil, and just because something is a response to something else doesn’t make it less evil.

I find your viewpoint to be too Western/American-centric, quite frankly.

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