August 30, 2014
WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY: ISIS’ Appeal Spreads to Jordan, Africa.
There are already more than 2,000 Jordanians among the ISIS fighters, and authorities fear that still more will cross the border or become “sleeper cells” inside the country itself. They have reason to suppose that some Jordanians may identify with the militants. As Reuters points out, it was a Jordanian who founded the branch of al-Qaeda that broke off to become ISIS. . . .
This, perhaps, is the greatest threat of ISIS: It may have heightened the zeal and ambition of jihadists everywhere, no matter their affiliation, location, or relative strength. Whether or not this group eventually evanesces, it may have already made its mark.
We should have moved swiftly to make an example of them. But we don’t have a strategy. Or, if we do, we’re not talking about it.