Jihadist vs. jihadist

Remember the Badr Brigade, the vicious jihadists that were the bane of our existence in the Iraq War?  Remember Iran, the vicious jihadists that have been the bane of our existence ever since the hostage crisis during the Carter administration?  Well, the Badr Brigade and Iran are both our allies in the struggle against the even more vicious jihadists known as the Islamic State.

The fact is, the struggle in the Middle East is not just against the West or even Israel.  We are seeing a religious war between the two major sects of Islam, the Sunni and the Shi’a.  Their relationship is about the same as that of the Catholics and the Protestants during the Thirty Years War.  While they are both arrayed against the West and Israel (just as Protestants and Catholics were both arrayed against the Muslims in the 17th century), these two groups consider each other heretics and apostates and wage jihad against each other.  After the jump, a rough guide as to who is on what side. [Read more...]

ISIS beheads another American

The Islamic State/ISIS has beheaded another American and posted the video for the world to see. [Read more...]

“The most dangerous position we’ve ever been in”?

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says that ISIS/Islamic State is developing a plan to “blow up” a major American city.  “We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” he said.  In the meantime, ISIS has sent a threatening  tweet with a picture of the White House next to a photo of a building in Chicago, which terrorists reportedly are calling “Obamatown.” [Read more...]

Authorizing military action against ISIS?

President Obama is considering asking Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State/ISIS.

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Our progress in the War on Terrorism

We felt good that we killed Osama bin Laden and seemed to have defeated al-Qaeda.  But they were nothing compared to the resurgent jihadist army of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS, most recently calling themselves ISIL, for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”).  They are armed to the teeth with American weapons and other equipment that had been abandoned in Iraq.  And they have vast wealth from looting banks and taking over oil fields.  And their ambitions are to strike the United States and other Western countries.  That’s not much of a progress report in our War on Terrorism. [Read more...]

Our muted response to ISIS

If you are worried that the U.S. is reigniting the war in Iraq, don’t be.  Despite the atrocities being committed by ISIS/The Islamic State, our airstrikes are designed simply to protect Americans in threatened cities and to protect those Yazidis besieged on that mountain (that siege is reportedly over, as the Yazidis have now escaped).  But, according to two Washington Post analysts, there is no effort to stop ISIS as such or to win back the large amount of territory they have taken over. [Read more...]


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