Monday, November 23, 2015

Mideast chaos, violence won't end with IS defeat

British Police move ISIS supporters away from a protest against Islamic extremism (Image source)

I have said many times, as have others, that bombing ISIS (or Al Qaeda or Al Nusra or Boko Haram) will not end extremist violence. The best things we in Europe and North America can do are secure our borders, stringently enforce immigration controls, and STOP INTERFERING IN THE DOMESTIC AFFAIRS OF THIRD WORLD NATIONS. Simples.

Until our politicians get that message however, extremist groups will do what Al Qaeda did in Iraq after the fall of Saddam, what the Taliban did in Afghanistan and what guerilla forces have done down the ages, strike and then disappear into the general population to regroup when the heat dies down.

At last the lesson seems to be sinking in, if not in the west, then in India at least.

Source: Times Of India

The chaos and violence gripping the Middle East are not likely to evaporate even if the forces arrayed against the Islamic State group manage to crush the brutal army and its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and beyond.


The national structures and boundaries created by European colonial powers after the Ottoman Empire was dismantled at the end of World War I are collapsing or already have disintegrated. That has unleashed powerful centrifugal forces that are melting the glue that was holding together increasingly antagonistic religious and ethnic populations.

The mix of Muslims — Sunnis, Shiites, Alawites — Christians and the big ethnic Kurdish populations in the north of both Syria and Iraq are a stew of ancient discontent, sectarian frustration and flagrant injustice.

Those social explosives were detonated by the upheaval unleashed by the US war in Iraq and the civil war in Syria.

"The level of damage that has been done by the United States in Iraq and the civil war in Syria is probably irreparable," said Wayne Merry, senior associate at the American Foreign Policy Council.

Thus the French and Russian bombing and the activities of US and UK military forces against Islamic State only threatens to bring more acts of terror to the streets of European and American cities.

Read also: Obama says US will not relent in fight against Islamic state


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More evidence points to ISIS being a US creation
Appeasing Islamic extremism will only encourge them
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ISIS: The Monster Made In America

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