To Crush ISIS, America Needs All the Allies It Can Get
Obama seems more concerned about stopping Russia, Iran and Assad.July 6, 2016
Ramadan 2016, declared by ISIS to be a “month of jihad,” was an appalling success. With ISIS claiming credit for the latest attacks in Baghdad and Dhaka, it’s getting difficult to write a commentary about jihad terrorism without the risk of another atrocity occurring somewhere before it appears in print.
Predictably, we hear redoubled calls from all sides for stronger action to get rid of ISIS. Good. But let’s not kid ourselves. Even if ISIS didn’t control one square inch of land in Syria and Iraq, its radical Islamic ideology—which it shares with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, Abu Sayyaf, the Taliban and other groups in many countries—would not evaporate.
Still, a definitive destruction of ISIS would show that a reestablished, sharia-ruled global “caliphate” is not inevitable. Destroying ISIS, with as many of its devotees as possible, would be a valuable demonstration that civilized humanity means to win this fight. http://nationalinterest.org/feature/crush-isis-america-needs-all-the-allies-it-can-get-16868