What Islamic State really wants (and how to stop it)

Bleeding them through continuous bombings and “droning” their leaders, while at the same time walling them in until the only people they can kill are their own, is probably the best solution.

It is quite a long article, but if you are really interested in understanding the mythology and psychology that drives the Caliphate, it is definitely worth the read.

Excerpt from The Atlantic “What Isis Really Wants”:

“For certain true believers—the kind who long for epic good-versus-evil battles—visions of apocalyptic bloodbaths fulfill a deep psychological need. Of the Islamic State supporters I met, Musa Cerantonio, the Australian, expressed the deepest interest in the apocalypse and how the remaining days of the Islamic State—and the world—might look. Parts of that prediction are original to him, and do not yet have the status of doctrine. But other parts are based on mainstream Sunni sources and appear all over the Islamic State’s propaganda. These include the belief that there will be only 12 legitimate caliphs, and Baghdadi is the eighth; that the armies of Rome will mass to meet the armies of Islam in northern Syria; and that Islam’s final showdown with an anti-Messiah will occur in Jerusalem after a period of renewed Islamic conquest. …

Given everything we know about the Islamic State, continuing to slowly bleed it, through air strikes and proxy warfare, appears the best of bad military options. Neither the Kurds nor the Shia will ever subdue and control the whole Sunni heartland of Syria and Iraq—they are hated there, and have no appetite for such an adventure anyway. But they can keep the Islamic State from fulfilling its duty to expand. And with every month that it fails to expand, it resembles less the conquering state of the Prophet Muhammad than yet another Middle Eastern government failing to bring prosperity to its people.”

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3 Comments

  1. We can’t win this war. They’re scattered among civilian populations who are friendly towards them. They’re indoctrinating the children to die as martyrs.

    In all wars, there are always innocent deaths regardless of methods used. Thus, we must not be squeamish about using other methods that would be less expensive and less time consuming.

    Military and governments know where they are concentrated and areas conquered. Simply cut off any vehicle movement going into and out of those areas thus depriving them of basic necessities such as food, water and medicine. Containment is the key word.

    There will be many innocent deaths but they will die anyway, eventually. Harsh but the truth.

  2. to win the war against islam, you have to adopt the ideology of crusaders with one objective “no prisoners”. Before you do that, lock up all your “rights activists” in seclusion where they can’t eve see the sun light.
    the smooth sailing will begin from here on. Peace and islam don’t mix

  3. ISLAM understands more than any community the might of the sword. If their jihadis are killed and later or earlier injected with pig’s urine etc, their belief to reach Allah will flop.
    I read earlier some country has tried these methods and have succeeded.
    Most important is to keep these liberals and seculars in check to prevent using them as an armour by Islamic evil forces

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