Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The press is full of stories chronicling the decline, if not imminent demise, of the Islamic State. It’s a dangerous pastime given the tendency of cornered radicals to lash out in surprising and brutal ways.
Never the less; I thought IS would expire while its parent, Al Qaeda, would live on. Once IS declared statehood as the Caliphate, they were tied to an area where they could be held accountable.
Who and where do you bomb or invade when AQ massacres civilians? Zawahiri probably lives in Pakistan but you can’t bomb Pakistan; AQ’s policies aren’t Pakistan’s policies. Being stateless means you have nothing to defend but your ideology and even then you can disavow the over-zealous.
When the Islamic State massacres civilians you bomb Raqqa or Mosul and invade Aleppo or Ramadi. Being a state means holding ground or losing credibility.
It’s not over but a quote from the Battle of Britain sums it up:
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” - Winston Churchill, Nov 1942
*There is some question as to when the Palmyra massacre occurred; the 4th of July or May. It doesn’t really matter. They released the video when the needed it; when they failed to inspire an attack in the USA on the 4th.
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–Peter J. Schifferle PhD, Lt Colonel.(ret) Professor, School of Advanced Military Studies U.S. Army.
IS Strikes France (Friday, November 13, 2015)
Remember Me! (Tuesday, October 27, 2015)
American Amigos (Monday, October 19, 2015)
Ho Hum... (Tuesday, October 13, 2015)
Nuclear Terror (Friday, October 9, 2015)
1979 Redux (Sunday, October 4, 2015)
Watch Oregon (Thursday, October 1, 2015)
Dispatches (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)
Repeat (Monday, September 28, 2015)
Schism and Colonization (Wednesday, September 23, 2015)
Invasion (Sunday, September 20, 2015)
NOTICE (Saturday, September 12, 2015)
Back to the Future (Wednesday, September 9, 2015)
Hijrah (Sunday, September 6, 2015)
Wolves in Sheeps Clothing (Thursday, September 3, 2015)
IS and the ‘Angel of Death’ (Tuesday, September 1, 2015)
Sitzkrieg (Monday, August 31, 2015)
Hack Attack (Thursday, August 27, 2015)
Blatant Disregard (Monday, August 24, 2015)
Iran names its Enemies (Sunday, August 23, 2015)