The PJ Tatler

NYT on ISIS: Downside, Murderous Thugs. Upside, Honest Government!

The New York Times has never met a thugocracy opposed to American and Western civilization it didn’t want to find at least one thing good about, whether it was the plethora of opera houses in East Germany or “health care” in Soviet Russia and communist Cuba. So it was just a matter of time before they found something to admire about ISIS:

The Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced women into sexual slavery and turned children into killers.

You do know there’s a “but” coming, right?

But its officials are apparently resistant to bribes, and in that way, at least, it has outdone the corrupt Syrian and Iraqi governments it routed, residents and experts say. “You can travel from Raqqa to Mosul, and no one will dare to stop you even if you carry $1 million,” said Bilal, who lives in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, and, out of fear, insisted on being identified only by his first name. “No one would dare to take even one dollar.”

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, initially functioned solely as a terrorist organization, if one more coldblooded even than Al Qaeda. Then it went on to seize land. But increasingly, as it holds that territory and builds a capacity to govern, the group is transforming into a functioning state that uses extreme violence — terror — as a tool.

And there you have the Leftist world view in a nutshell.