George W. Bush Didn’t Create ISIS; Islam Did

There are few things the Left loves more than a college liberal “speaking truth” to conservative power. Days ago, 19-year-old University of Nevada student Ivy Ziedrich seemed to enjoy just such a moment and “made headlines around the world” when she confronted Jeb Bush about ISIS.

Ms. Ziedrich had the gumption to confront Bush in the midst of a scrum of reporters and confidently recite leftist conventional wisdom about the current Middle East crisis, declaring: “Your brother created ISIS!”

After all, according to accepted academic conventional wisdom, the war in Iraq is the source of all (recent) jihadist evil.

And with that statement, the clock started running on 15 minutes of fame — no, 15 minutes of public adulation.

Interviews with ABC News, the New York Times, and other outlets followed, with reporters eager to hear her thoughts on the Middle East.

And while Ms. Ziedrich is no expert, there is one thing she said that is all too true: “It’s frustrating to see politicians ignore the origins of our conflicts abroad”…


It is not clear to me in hindsight that the Iraq 2003 intervention improved things…yet ultimately this is the fault of Arab society and Islam.  

The idea that the Middle East was a paradise pre-2003 is absurd.  Indeed, many people supported the intervention due to Saddam’s extreme brutality.

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