Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader

The Fall of ISIS and the Day-After Question

A recent and detailed article by Nancy Youssef and Michael Weiss in the Daily Beast highlights how the setbacks being suffered by ISIS are bringing to the fore sooner rather than later some unanswered questions about who takes over territory that the group loses. The trend against ISIS continues and may even be accelerating, with disenchanted members of the group trying to go back home if they had not already been purged among mounting distrust within the group. The question of what replaces a defeated ISIS is going to be especially contentious and acute in parts of north central Syria. The lines of conflict there will be in large part ones of Kurds against Arabs, but—amid the complicated Syria civil war—not exclusively so.

  • B__2

    Remember the cry, “The King is Dead, Long Live the King!”?

    So it will be with iSIS, or whatever the current back-to-basics Islamic group follows after it. There will always be a fundamentalist strictly Islam group that hates the west and is keen on bringing the whole world under strict Shari’a by any means whatsoever. As long as it provides a safety valve for Islamic countries, bleeding off the hate that would be otherwise directed at their own corrupt, repressive leaders, as long as Western Civilization refuse to even contemplate that the problem is not the extremist few of a religion but the religion itself, then they will survive. They may have different names, they may have different home countries, but they will always hate and kill the non-muslim and those muslims that are deemed to be insufficiently muslim.

    You cannot win if you can’t name the enemy: Islam itself.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Muzzies will be muzzies. Nuke ’em all and let G-d sort them out.