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Islamic State on the March; West Apparently Indifferent

The MSM, busy castigating Israel for defending itself, is ignoring ISIS' destruction of Iraq and Syria.

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Jonathan Spyer

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August 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
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The Islamic State organization is continuing to make gains on both the Syrian and Iraqi fronts. The advance and consolidation of the jihadi entity which today stretches from Mosul in Iraq to the outskirts of Aleppo city in Syria is a development of profound importance for the future of the Middle East.

Global media attention has been focused elsewhere in recent weeks, of course. The Gaza war — which has changed precisely nothing — has been hitting the headlines. The real Middle East action, however, is taking place far from Gaza. The Islamic State is on the march.

After its capture of the city of Mosul from the Iraqi government’s forces, IS began to integrate the weapons systems it had captured back into the Syrian battlefield.

An early attempt to destroy the Kurdish Kobani enclave stalled. But the organization enjoyed better fortune against the regime, as it sought to expel Assad’s forces from its positions in the Euphrates valley.

The base of the Syrian Arab Army’s Division 17 fell. IS celebrated in the fashion for which it has become known by massacring 200 members of the garrison who failed to escape in time. A number of their severed heads later appeared on spikes in the city of Raqqa, capital of the Syrian part of the IS domain.

Since then, IS has turned its attentions back to Iraq. In recent days it has captured the towns of Zumar and Sinjar from the Peshmerga forces of the Iraqi Kurds. Around 200,000 people fled after the taking of Sinjar. Most were members of the Yezidi minority, an ancient non-Muslim group whom IS have designated “devil worshippers.”

The capture of Sinjar brings IS to within 10 kilometers of the Mosul hydro-electric dam, the largest in Iraq.

The prospect of IS control of Iraq’s major dams is a chilling one. The Mosul dam holds back tons of Tigris River water which, if allowed to flow downstream, would cause mass flooding in Baghdad (though IS would need to think carefully before doing this, since populated areas under its control are also situated downstream). The coming days will see if the dam falls to the jihadis.

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The Hamas attack on Israel can be seen as an attempt to jump the gun on ISIS in the expectation that the latter will soon be rolling westward in an almost inevitable confrontation with the Jewish state. Obama removed any possibility of the US stopping ISIS in Iraq, but he can only flail away in his attempts to degrade Israel’s capacity to degrade ISIS. By now he and his S. of S. must be very worried that the saner elements of their party would demand that we aid Israel. As things now stand the Jewish state is, like Britain was WWII, an unsinkable ‘aircraft carrier’ that could be resupplied with ease (and perhaps more?). If Democrats in Congress aren’t already thinking about the political ramifications of an Obama administration refusal of military aid to Israel they should be.

6 weeks ago
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ISIS recently changed its name to "Islamic State."

It's interesting to see genuine ethnic and religious cleansing taking place via bullets to the head considering the lying misuse of the term applied to the West Bank and see crickets on the Twitter feeds of our noble Social Justice Warriors.

That once again highlights the fact that race and exaggeration at the expense of a generic European ethnicity is the true centerpiece of liberal thought, not actual events. Muslims in Turkey, Syria and Iraq and black folks in Chicago can kill one another til the cows come home and liberals will still put all their mighty stupidity onto the Palestinian Arabs. Lives and numbers don't matter, your race does.
6 weeks ago
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How can anyone actually be puzzled by this?

The Left absolutely hates Western civilization. And the Left controls pretty much all the media and much of the governments in Europe (not to mention, our own government).

I mean, seriously, the only channel they love more than MSNBC is Al-Jazeera. Nevermind it's the propaganda arm of Qatar.

This is no mystery - go talk to leftists. Read their books by Zinn and Chomsky. In their eyes, the West is the worst villain in the world, and anyone, especially Islamists are better - because they aren't "white" and even better, aren't Christians.
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the last Crusade wasn't much of a success.. It took Vlad Tepes and his SLAUGHTER of 50,000 or so muslims to stop jihad spreading

learn from history, or repeat it
5 weeks ago
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Why should America care? Let them march. Eventually, the will reach the sea. Then they either swim or walk on water. By the time they finish their 6,000 mile swin, they will be too tired to fight, Hungry also. The biggest threat they pose is to buying out all the burgers between Maine and Florida. Except the Bacon-cheeseburgers, of course.
If they can walk on water there is no point in fighting. Might as well surrender and have a juicy bacon cheeseburger.
6 weeks ago
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well, let them march, but the jihad must be starved

starved
5 weeks ago
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Ever been to Dearborn, Michigan or Oklahoma City ? No one has to cross the ocean to go to these places and in East Dearborn, south of Michigan Ave., you cannot see a storefront with English signage.
'Tis not so trite and humorous when you go and actually see what this country could be up against and in my case we got us one Loud and Vocal CAIR Chapter.They scream
"Islamaphobia ! " at the drop of a hat, turban or fez as the case may be.
(Look up Dawud Walid/CAIR and see for yourself)
It's only funny if both parties to your supposed joke are giggling, and I am not amused, Bub..............
6 weeks ago
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Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were the places where Christians were tolerated. Now they are being persecuted and killed. One "unintended" consequence of US foreign policy. Expect Barry to let things go rotten and then back one of the factions (the Sunni) with US lives and treasure... just wait.
6 weeks ago
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No, the West is not indifferent. It's complicit. Qatar is the primary sponsor of ISIS, not Saudi Arabia et al.
And Qatar is the ally of the UNITED STATES, where we have CENTCOM and other major military, economic, political, and educational assets.
Would someone come out and say this besides me? Obama BUILT ISIS. The American military was THE FORCE behind the Arab Spring. That's why we're not doing anything to ISIS.
We can't keep out of Libya, Syria, Ukraine, etc. etc. etc., but Iraq we'll let go to the wolves... because they're OBAMA'S WOLVES!
Proof, x1000 --- www.misterchambers.com

Throw in Turkey and Pakistan, and you have the complete story.
http://www.constitutionalright.net/2014/03/the-jihadi-threat-report-on-islamist.html
6 weeks ago
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Obama's own words, as transcribed by Bill Ayers :

"When the political winds shift in an ugly direction, I will side with The Muslims."

Obama's own words, again :

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
6 weeks ago
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Israeli and US SpecOps are arming and assisting the Kurds. And Barzani has already promised the Yezidi that Sinjar will be retaken. This courtesy of the weapons board of 4chan, where after dark you get all kinds of interesting folks from all over the world hobnobbing with each other...

Brace yourselves. That area hasn't yet begun to heat up.
6 weeks ago
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The Islamic civil war is embarrassing to all those who told us how wonderful Islam was. "Nothing to see here; move on!"
6 weeks ago
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Bushama's religion of pieces: the gift that keeps on giving.
5 weeks ago
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The Hamas attack on Israel can be seen as an attempt to jump the gun on ISIS in the expectation that the latter will soon be rolling westward in an almost inevitable confrontation with the Jewish state. Obama removed any possibility of the US stopping ISIS in Iraq, but he can only flail away in his attempts to degrade Israel’s capacity to degrade ISIS. By now he and his S. of S. must be very worried that the saner elements of their party would demand that we aid Israel. As things now stand the Jewish state is, like Britain was WWII, an unsinkable ‘aircraft carrier’ that could be resupplied with ease (and perhaps more?). If Democrats in Congress aren’t already thinking about the political ramifications of an Obama administration refusal of military aid to Israel they should be.

6 weeks ago
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Many are worried about Arab children, essentially Hamas hostages, inadvertently killed by Israeli bombs. There is still hope for some in the Democrat Party, though in 10-15 years the dumbing down of its voter base should be nearly complete, and its representatives will reflect that.
6 weeks ago
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The West has every right to march straight, and slowly, towards suicide. I once favored the view that Israel, on the front lines of the Jihad, had a role and responsibility in saving the West. This was probably part of an ingrained 'tikun olam' habit that I have since dispensed with. Muslim societies are pretty terrible in many ways, yet the structures are somewhat predetermined, the clan loyalty principles established, the hierarchical realities, the illiteracy, and the inculcation of Islamic beliefs strong.

What's the West's excuse? Israel's next war target - I will say it openly even if the twisted folks like Jon Stewart get indigestion from it - has to be Iran. When and how, I don't know, but a reckoning is coming.
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Larry I suspect that you're a Jew and therefore know something of your history. The "West" has no real interest in saving Jews or Israel. Prior to WWII, in the late 1930's when the Nazi's were already persecuting Jews in Germany and Austria and the handwriting was on the wall for the millions of other Jews in Poland, Ukraine, Rumania, Hungary, Bulgaria and other countries the West turned it's back on these Jews, refused to allow them to immigrate. The British stopped Jews from going to what was known then as Palestine. It is true that England accepted thousands of Jewish children but not their parents. Israel owes nothing to the West. If Iran is to be a target for Israel it must be because Israel is facing the possibility of a nuclear Iran and not because it would be in the best interest of the West.
5 weeks ago
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Kenny-

Look at the Christians in Congo, Nigeria, Egypt and Iraq

I am afraid the 'west' including the Pope, has no interest in saving Christians

The emphasis seems to be, gay marriage, pedophilia and free contraception and abortion for all.

sad
5 weeks ago
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Israel's long term strategy takes in the long war concept against Islam, and the temporary alliance between Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Sunni Golf states. They all have Iran as a common enemy, and I believe they will back Israel in the coming attack against Iran. Nobody can live with a nuclear Iran. In this fight in Gaza, believe it or not, most Arab countries were rooting for Israel but off the record. Netanyahu did not want to wipe out Hamas to create a power vacuum and have IS move in to Gaza. Still the beating shall continue until there is a change in attitude.
6 weeks ago
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Testing
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"The MSM, busy castigating Israel for defending itself, is ignoring ISIS' destruction of Iraq and Syria."

It has been apparent for a very long time that, for the most part, the so called MSM is far more interested in advancing an ideological agenda than reporting hard news. It has picked sides in everything, and it is literally a no brainer to know which side that is in all cases.

Using a phrase from Thomas Sowell in a recent article*, the Agenda Media is far more interested in demagoguery and turning "questions of fact into questions of motive" than it is in reporting anything remotely resembling the truth.

*Sowell's article is titled: "Is Thinking Now Obsolete ?"

ISIS' march through Iraq is truly horrifying.

Soon, the Taliban will be similarly marching through Afghanistan.
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