We hear of the demise of ISIS often.
With every success it has been billed as the beginning of the end of the barbarous ISIS…..all that is just ducky but what will the Middle East, especially Syria, look like if and when end arrives?
A few thoughts from the region……
With a new American administration in place an idea has begun to crystallize in the war against ISIS.
The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”
It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.
What is that old war adage? “Know your enemy”….that is great advice maybe we should heed it……our hubris has not allow us to “know our enemy”….Vietnam is the perfect example…..and we are repeating the mistakes once again…..
Einstein was right!