Last week the U.S. began conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of its war against the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS or ISIL). The Obama administration is deliberately hitting oil fields under ISIS control in order to hit them in the moneymaker. American military leaders were quick to say, “The strikes were successful.”
An ISIS fighter under the pseudonym Abu Talha tells CNN that’s a lot of hot air:
We’ve been ready for this for some time. … We know that our bases are known because they’re tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations. …
We have revenues other than oil. We have other avenues, and our finances are not going to stop just because of oil losses. …
They thought they knew everything. But thank God, they don’t know anything. And God willing, we will defeat the infidels.
They hit us in some areas, and we advance in other. … If we are pushed back in Iraq, we advance in northern Syria. These strikes cannot stop us, our support or our fighters
Can we take his word for it? If not, the former head of the U.K.’s military also says that airstrikes aren’t going to work.
President Barack Obama acknowledged yesterday that his administration has “underestimated" the Islamic State.
America’s bombing campaign could cost as much as $10 billion a year, according to Foreign Affairs.
Several foreign policy voices have said American airstrikes run the serious risk of bringing together ISIS with other anti-American jihadists while angering moderate rebels that have previously been pro-U.S.
Can we end the bombing. Let ISIS create their insane theocracy and then eventually face the insurrection you know they’ll have sooner or later. Beg our Western leaders to let the tiny bit of remaining world outside crony capital-global banking cartel to develop itself and then succeed or crumble but we stay out of it regardless. It is not worth intervening and we can win a much more important philosophical battle against them if they fail on their own. But killing them won’t work. Why are the leaders of the once enlightened West so utterly blind to this very obvious dilemma?
“Let ISIS create their insane theocracy and then eventually face the insurrection you know they’ll have sooner or later.”
That’s the very extent of it. A civilization needs to be given a time to evolve. The western world had hundreds of years of civil war before we could live in relative peace with each other. The underdeveloped world is going through the same motion and it needs to be allowed to happen for true social evolution.
The lessons can not be learned if the bad isn’t allowed to happen.