Robert Fulford: Where ISIL came from (and where it’s going next)

In June, 2014, Barack Obama dismissed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as the terrorist equivalent of a junior varsity basketball team. He remarked that “If a j.v. team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” In other words, nothing there for Americans to worry about.

A few weeks later…

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    ‘If ISIL or something like it is not to appear again, the Arab world will need an intellectual reformation. Mosque and state will have to be severed, so that religion can no longer swamp politics.’
    That’s not going to happen, ever.

    • Islam would not be Islam with such a separation, it is a cult ideology.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        And yet Fulford, who has been around and writing for longer than I have been alive serves as a proxy for this continually naïve world view.
        He should know better by now.

    • UCSPanther

      Not without some cataclysmic upheaval in their society.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I was hoping that low oil prices might do the trick.
        The only reason the Saudis are trying to threaten selling off their American assets is because before they do they think they can wring a concession out of Obama.
        The truth is that the Saudis selling their holdings would amount to a fire sale and they’d get fuck all.
        They are doing this before there is a President Trump.