Preventing the Rise of ISIS 2.0

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to Mosul to claim victory in the battle against ISIS. A few ISIS die-hards remain holed up in Mosul, but he is surely right that the battle over this city, which began nine months ago and has lasted longer than the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II, is more or less finished. (Stalingrad: 200 days. Mosul: 266 days, as of Sunday.)

Seeing the pictures of what Mosul looks like now reminded me of a trip to Ramadi that I took in 2007, almost exactly a decade ago, shortly after its liberation from al-Qaeda in Iraq, the predecessor of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Here is what I wrote: “Buildings are either entirely destroyed or badly damaged. Twisted girders jut into the sky. Piles of rubble are everywhere. Water sits in the streets; the water mains have been broken by countless explosions of buried IEDs. There are crater holes from roadside bombs every few feet.”

I can’t agree with the author’s “nation building” approach and I doubt the vast majority of Americans think it worthwhile to expend more blood and money on what is Islam’s civil war. So let them fight it out, at the end of the day there is nothing to be gained. The west has no allies in the Muslim world and never will, it is the nature of the beast. We don’t need their oil or their “friendship” let em have at it to their hearts content. Just bomb every last scrap of infrastructure in any Muslim state from which a terror attack on the west is launched, that will keep them at bay.

  • Starlord

    As I tell my dog… leave it. Let them sort it out and rebuild. Anything we do their good the west gets blamed.

    • It is pointless to engage.

      • When you view Islam as a whole, Mosul is the end game.

        Islam is a, world domination, war doctrine, wrapped up in the thin patina of religion.

        The non-Muslim world deals with Islamic theology – or the process will continue.

  • You have to keep pursuing them. Forever if necessary — you can never allow them to regroup.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    I would give the Sunnis just enough weapons to stalemate the Shiites and let them slug it out. The more jihadists get killed, the fewer innocents get killed, to paraphrase Patton.

  • K1

    Let the Muslim men leave the West to rebuild their hovels
    Keep the women and children in the West and give then FEMMINIST indoctrination
    ….. and how to poison their husbands drink if they misbehave
    send them back after a year

  • Gary

    That photo must be from Regent Parkistan or Thorncliff parkistan.