Anxiety Grows in Fight Against IS, Extremists

Even as U.S. officials highlight military gains against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria, there is a growing sense of unease among former officials and analysts that the current strategies are not enough.

Their fear is that while the U.S. and its coalition partners are degrading Islamic State’s abilities on the battlefield, planners have yet to hit upon any coherent strategy to stem the tide of young people who are willing to fight and die in the name of Islamist extremism.

“The threat of violent extremism is growing, casting its shadow over ever larger parts of the globe,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned an audience Tuesday in Washington.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Military guys want to squash them, political guys want to extract all the political advantage out of not squashing them as they can.

    • Seems to be the pattern.

    • The military guys could easily take care of the terrorists groups.

      But the only way to stop the non-stop stream of “lone wolves” is a coordinated attack on Islamic theology. That should include closing all mosques and arresting all mullahs.

  • ismiselemeas

    The movement is no different than other misaligned ideologies and cults. They attract and recruit from all corners. Rich, poor, mentally ill, converts, teachers, doctors, unemployed men, professional women and so forth. The techniques used to attract followers are no different than those used by L. Ron Hubbard or Joseph Smith, Rudolph Steiner, Pol Pot, Hitler, Abimael Guzmán and all the other crack pot sociopaths that have ever celebrated a cause or justified a position. While the scale and modus operandi may vary the essential trigger is the same. Humans for the most part are really stupid. The vast majority of the human race tends toward or are brought up to believe in superstition, conspiracy theories, group think and isolationism (tribalism is the group version). Despite 400 years of Enlightenment and all our advances in medicine, education, science and engineering the vast majority do not want to have anything to do with it. Just look around. In its essence there is fundamentally no difference between a suburban Toronto housewife who doesn’t want her kids vaccinated and some fuck wit trotting off to behead people in Syria. They are all the product of the utter inability to deal with facts, logic and reason. The two most populous countries in the world, China and India still think that painting yourself in different colours is enough to ward off evil spirits. It beggars belief.

    • DD_Austin

      Why the problem witht conspiracy theories? Seems the liberals, conservatives and NDP are a conspiracy, their polices are the same,
      and “elections” a sham. You can vote for Cherry crush, Blue Crush
      or Orange crush, but your getting a crush, any cola is “crushed”
      like the reform party was. Some conspiracy theories are the only
      explaination for the events in our “governance”, especially the
      incompetance of “opposition” parties. Machiaveli is just as valid
      now as it ever was, they even teach it as “politcal science”

      The housewife may have good reason not to have the “government”
      vaccinate her kids, the serum isn’t the good stuff, it’s crap. Same goes
      for “flu” shots. I don’t trust the “competance” and “quality” of the government to do anything, much less inject me.

      While I agree with your conclusion, I can’t agree with your examples

      • ismiselemeas

        Conspiracy theories are not true. Only very stupid people believe them. That is the only explanation I can think of. The same applies to homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture and a raft of other crack pot garbage that people clearly believe is of some benefit to them. Organic produce is another. In order for you to believe that any of this stuff benefits you you either have to mentally unbalanced or completely stupid.

        • ismiselemeas

          Islam fits perfectly into that view. Colossally stupid and mentally unbalanced people. Lots of them.

        • DD_Austin

          No theory is true, that what theory means

          If that is the only explanation you can think of, you shouldn’t
          be making the argument, because you don’t what your
          talikng about at all. Almost all your supporting points are

          Acupuncture doesn’t work, jam your thumb into the notch
          in your elbow hard. That should paralyze your arm,

          The benefits of doing this are, you learn why acupuncture
          does and it prevents you from writing further jackass posts

          • ismiselemeas

            Point. Proved.

  • kkruger71

    So long as the bombing/degradation of their battle capabilities continue, I am fine with this so long as we stop trying to prevent the “radicals” from going over. I do have an issue with trying to keep them here. All money and effort to block them leaving should be refocused on preventing any domestic attacks. Let them go over there and spend a few months roaming the desert until a bombing run catches up with them.

  • So long as the elephant in the room – the religion called Islam, its Koran, and the Sharia emerging from it – is not mentioned, it cannot be beaten. Islam can only be beaten by being identified as the enemy. Only then can a credible strategy be formulated for its defeat and destruction forever.

  • tom_billesley

    There’s trouble expected in Lebanon, a widening of the Sunni/Shia conflict zone.
    I expect the flow of migrants this year will be swelled by Lebanese and the Syrians and Fakestinians who are in Lebanon.

    Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday urged its citizens in Lebanon to leave, after Riyadh halted a $3 billion programme funding military supplies to Beirut in response to “hostile” positions linked to Hezbollah.
    Saudi ally and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member the United Arab Emirates followed suit but went even further, banning its nationals from going to Lebanon and reducing its diplomatic representation there.

    • Exile1981

      The saudis needed any excuse to cancel the 3 billion program. They are in financial straights and are trying to cut costs.