The world speaks: ISIS and climate change are the leading security threats
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1   Satoshi_Nakamoto   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 3, 2:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

The world is full of morons who just regurgitate the shit they're told on TV.

2   APOCALYPSEFUCK_is_ADORABLE   ignore (5)   2017 Aug 3, 3:14pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

ISIS is a symptom

The Saudi madrasas and funding of Wahabanist gaga is the problem from that side.

We need to fund a form of Islam that endorses naked female imams that shoot bacon sandwiches from their tweetees at prayer raves.

3   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Oct 1, 4:16am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Islamic State’s loss won’t end global terror. Middle East governments should not be lulled into complacency by the ostensible fall of Islamic State. Deadly conflicts within the Muslim world remain to be resolved.

In July, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that Islamic State (IS) had been driven out of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, which it captured three years ago.

Sooner or later, it will also lose Raqqa, the capital of its self-styled caliphate – and the last true city under its control. But these defeats do not mean the downfall of IS, much less Islamist terrorism, or that the Middle East’s most acute conflicts will be resolved anytime soon.

To be sure, the fading dream of an Islamic caliphate will weaken the ability of IS and kindred groups to recruit disaffected youth. Already, the flow of foreign would-be jihadists crossing from Turkey into Syria to join IS has plunged, from 2,000 per month to about 50.

But such groups still have powerful lures at their disposal. Most fundamentally, they are able to offer disillusioned young people a sense of purpose and belonging. The fact that this purpose entails murder, terror, and mayhem may make it all the more appealing to frustrated and resentful youths.

Despite recent setbacks, writing off the threat posed by IS is as unwarranted as it is premature. Consider the history of al-Qaeda, which proves that even if a state that nourishes a terrorist group fails, a radical ideology can continue to fuel violence near and far.

The group’s leaders must simply adjust their methods in order to continue attracting recruits and planning attacks from outside the borders of a friendly sovereign state.

To that end, in Iraq, terrorist groups will continue to exploit sectarianism, which divided the country long before the United States invaded it in 2003. More broadly, they can capitalize on escalating tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims to attract alienated young Sunnis.

This increasingly dangerous dynamic is apparent in the decision of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, owing to its alleged ties with regional terrorist groups and Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main rival for regional influence.

It is also visible in the devastating proxy war in Yemen, which has become a key battleground in the Saudi-Iranian power struggle.

The countries of the Middle East have become associated with extremist ideologies and terror the world over. If they are to recover their reputations, and restore the health of their societies and economies, they must act decisively to weaken the allure of terrorist recruiters. Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia have all made some moves in this direction, but they cannot do it alone.

Like these countries, others in the Middle East must not allow themselves to be lulled into complacency by the ostensible fall of IS as a territorial entity. Ultimately, the only way to break the cycle of terror and violence in the Arab world is to resolve the conflicts within Islam.

To reach that point, however, the region’s governments must urgently pursue a two-pronged strategy of interdiction and condemnation.


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