The following is long. However, if you want to have a clue about what America has been fighting since September 11, 2001 and will continue to fight for a very long time I think you should read this. The story begins 1400 years ago. The writer is very good and quite funny – although it hard to laugh as he chronicles the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
Here is one small paragraph about Iraq.
When you add this all together—an unstable and divided new government with an amateur, questionably-loyal army and an angry minority population who feels sympathy for anyone who will resist the government; the interests of a giant neighbor, Saudi Arabia, aligned with a government overthrow; a civil war next door; and a group of western powers who have been determined to stay out—you have the perfect storm for the fiercest of terrorist groups to emerge from the fringe and conquer.
It is worth reading to get a picture of ISIS. ISIS has officially become the deadliest terrorist group in history – and they did it in a mere 10 years. Whatever happens in the “war” with ISIS, America has joined a generational battle and we will be fighting it for decades. These guys are so bad that they creeped out al-Qaeda – so much so that al-Qaeda disavowed them. Yes, I know. That should scare the “Bejesus” out of everyone in the 50 states.
Anyway, enjoy! It is entitled “From Muhammad to ISIS: Iraq’s full story,” by Tim Urban. The post tends to confirm my initial worst fear after 9/11. Someone will run for President. His/her campaign slogan will be, “I plan to unilaterally reduce our nuclear arsenal – by, let’s say, 30 or 40 nuclear warheads!”
And thanks to ALF for sending this to me.