The murder by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of a Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh is being viewed by analysts as a tipping point for mobilizing public support in the region against the forces of Islamic extremism. Prior to Lieutenant Kasasbeh's execution, public opinion in Jordan appeared to be evenly split on the issue of their nation's participation in the US-led coalition targeting Sunni Arab Islamists in Iraq and Syria.
These religious wars are nothing new. Europe raged with civil wars - Roundheads and Cavaliers, Huguenots and the Guise family, and the Low Countries and Spain - as Protestantism became established. However, the religious was of Europe were eventually put down by the evolution of political reason. While there are still royal families in place, their ownership of nations has given way to parliamentary systems of government. Unless and until the factions of the Islamic world finally enter the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, and put aside religion for reason, the Mideast will remain unstable, divided, and ripe for Western exploitation.
When will humanity learn to guide themselves without overarching doctrines that pit one animal against another for reasons other than food?
This is good analysis from a person with invaluable, dispassionate knowledge of the region. And welcome back, Mr. Ritter.
Well, I asked the very question last night, and Mr. Ritter has supplied a possible answer. On the other hand, since if it were “all-in” by all, this long-held dream of an Islamic Caliphate would get promptly crushed once again and the clear winners will be the bloodthirsty war dogs here and the defense industry, or is that being redundant? And the region will be left in a state that even Mua’d Dieb could not even love.
“THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS”
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Good to have a bit of insight from Scott Ritter who aided many of us to assurance that there were no WMD regardless of certain American politicians claims. I do not have the knowledge to evaluate the subtle reasoning of ISIS leaders or to determine what responses they hope for. But we can expect very clever machinations and need to move with great caution no matter which way we may go in response to horrendous provocation.