Originally posted by Hugh Glass
The question is, will the United States be a global leader to eradicate this evil from existence?
1. The first step must be to isolate ISIS by interdicting the flow of men, materiel, and financial support. Follow the money and cut it off, and employ sanctions against any state that is lending support to ISIS or allowing recruits to traverse through the ...[text shortened]... bout restocking GITMO so the progressive socialist “coexist” crowd will rally for their release.
Your first mistake is to make the false assumption that ISIS is the problem, or that eliminating ISIS (whatever that might mean) would remove the problem.
Your second error is failing to understand that bombing ISIS does not weaken them - it strengthens them and provides an endless stream of new recruits. The more Americans and their allies attack ISIS the more ISIS will grow stronger. A related error is your inability to recognise that being incinerated by American bombs is as disgusting and hateful a way to go as any ISIS atrocity.
Another confusion is your idea that one way to defeat ISIS is to demonize them. It seems to escape your attention that they are busy demonizing themselves. They are better with media than your side seems to be. The people they have gained control over dislike and fear their methods, but arguably see them as a credible force and one they may accept.
You correctly notice that ISIS threatens other Muslims but need to try harder to understand what that signifies. Clue: there is a very strong sectarian force at play and ISIS is definitively appealing to Sunni Muslims, and against Shia Muslims. But ISIS is not the force that is provoking this sectarian violence. Indeed, in some respects, Sunni Muslims in Iraq see ISIS as a preferable alternative to the sectarian, Shia led government of Iraq - you know, the one the USA and its allies put in place. (Whatever the USA says in public about Iran, they are not that far apart in Iraq and have not been for a long long time.) It is not by accident that much of the ISIS leadership emerged from American POW camps in Iraq.
So who is behind it all? Well, it was Pakistan that put the Taliban in place in Afghanistan and will do so again, while it is Saudi Arabia, through its massive investment in promoting its Wahhabi sect, that is destabilising Islam around the world, actively promoting and inciting sectarian hatred, against Shia and Sufi Muslims as well as Jews and Christians, putting forward a nasty, 18th Century schismatic version of Islam that is pure, undiluted poison because it preaches hatred. But these are US allies, as is the United Arab Emirates and other oil dictatorships in the region that are actually stirring hatred and violence on an industrial scale. But the Americans will not confront them, because you have sold out your political system to corporate interests, and your elite shares too much in common with the wealthy Arab aristocracies that the West put in place after demolishing the Ottoman Empire.
Even 9/11 was funded and organised from Saudi Arabia, with most of the terrorists on those planes coming from there, and yet Saudi nationals were able to leave the US without hindrance after the attack.
So it is not even enough to notice the role of the Saudi elite in destabilising Islam with their stunning wealth. You have to start noticing that they work closely with our elites and begin to question just how long you will go on swallowing their propaganda.
ISIS? They are a distraction because when they are gone, if they go, nothing will have changed for the better, Sunni Muslims in Iraq will fall victim to Shia retribution and violence, the process will continue as it already does with the same people playing the same cynical game.