Monday, 15 September 2014

Why We Can't Stop ISIL

I refuse to call that terrorist group by the other name.  As far as I'm concerned, Isis is the name of a goddess whose province was nature, magic, and caring for the downtrodden.

A friend posted the following quote which I believe to be quite telling.  You are, of course, entitled to your own opinion on this subject.

The Real Reason Why We Can’t Defeat ISIS by C.J. Werleman

"Even if we could, there will be another group in its place, fueled by the same grievances and objectives but with slightly different branding.

13 years after 9/11, and after $3 trillion and the deaths of 7,000 U.S. soldiers, the threat against the U.S. is greater than ever.

Why? Because our overall foreign policy in the Middle East remains unchanged, and while we remain addicted to the region’s cheap oil, our efforts to arm and fund oppressive despotic regimes will continue.

The media and politicians continue to peddle the myth that ISIS and its like are created in a vacuum. The U.S. sells $55 billion of arms to these countries, thus making them U.S protectorates. In return, the U.S. and its Western allies receive an uninterrupted supply of cheap petroleum. What do the citizens of these countries receive in return? Nothing. The ruling autocratic elite disproportionately holds the oil revenue, and thus these countries are deprived of funds required for the investment of the common good.

The brutal and sadistic beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff have rightfully outraged the U.S. public. But because of our dependence on Middle East oil and the tactics we use to ensure our supply, and because these tactics result in the economic oppression of millions of Muslims, we need to embrace a vulgar truth—vengeful hatred of the U.S. and the executions of Americans on Middle Eastern soil is the cost of doing business.”

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