Monday, June 1, 2015

Sherman's 300,000 and the Caliphates 3 million

Commentary by Col Tom Snodgrass:

Link to original article afterwards.

This analysis following by David Goldman was written last year, but it was just recently brought to my attention (thanks Larry) — I pass it on because I think it is an excellent analysis of the cause of the chaos gripping Islamostan, and how the chaos will probably end. Fasten your seatbelt for a long war. 

Our “mission” should be to secure our borders and our nation and to guard against jihadi attacks launched from Jihadistan. On one point I agree with Obama — there should be no U.S. military in ground combat formations introduced into Jihadistan — SOF advisors, tactical air controllers, air assets, and logisticians excepted.

The Sunni Salafist Wahhabis and Shia Khomeinist Twelvers are currently locked in an existential bloodletting for the umma leadership of the Islamic forces of jihad. It does not appear that this intra-Islamic sectarian civil war is going to end any time soon. Sunnis and Shiites are determined to kill each other, and it is in our best interest to help them without becoming deeply invested in either side. Regardless whoever wins, we will still be their ultimate enemy. 

At present we are aligned on one side with the different variations of Sunnis consorting in varying degrees with Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Muslim Brotherhood — enemies all. We should not be blinded to that fact by taqiyya from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, et. al. While we should continue to deal with the Sunnis that are actively killing other Muslims, we must never forget that the core purpose of Sunni Islam is to install the Sharia everywhere in order to facilitate the introduction of Islam as the dominant religion and culture.  

On the other side we are also aligned with Shia Iraqis controlled by the Iranian Shia Khomeinist Twelvers, for all intents and purposes. But similarly we should continue to deal with the Iraqi Shiites because they are embarked on the useful task of killing Muslims, while not getting dragged back into a deep commitment to the Iraqi Shia government. Furthermore, we must never forget that the core purpose of Shia Islam is to install the Sharia everywhere in order to facilitate the introduction of Islam as the dominant religion and culture.

I realize that I can be accused of extreme cynicism for advocating the policy above, but Islam = taqiyya = extreme cynicism in its own right. Cynicism is the only basis for war policy to repel a totalitarian political-theocratic enemy that masquerades as a benevolent Abrahamic religion related to Judaism and Christianity. It is not, it is pure politico-religious imperialism cloaked in deceptive cynicism.     

The one addition I would make to Goldman’s below analysis is: The reason why Islamic societies' economic systems cannot accommodate and productively employ the surplus of young Muslim men is because Islamic culture is tribal and based on cronyism — factors that will always prevent the expansion of the “economic pie.” Muslims traditionally fight over bigger slices of the same size pie. Furthermore, Islam at it core is anti-science, anti-change. In the extreme: “If it’s not in the Quran, it’s heresy.” All attempts to “modernize” and promote “openness” in the Islamic culture have historically failed. Such attempts were made throughout the 20th century, and they consistently eventually failed from Ataturk in Turkey to the Shah in Iran. Instead Islam has undergone a current day “reformation” guided by the Muslim Brotherhood’s motto: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar! 

Unfortunately, such is reality.
TES


Middle East
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Sherman's 300,000 and the Caliphate's 3 million
By Spengler 

General William Tecumseh Sherman burned the city of Atlanta in 1864. He warned: "I fear the world will jump to the wrong conclusion that because I am in Atlanta the work is done. Far from it. We must kill three hundred thousand I have told you of so often, and the further they run the harder for us to get them." Add a zero to calibrate the problem in the Levant today. War in the Middle East is less a strategic than a demographic phenomenon, whose resolution will come with the exhaustion of the pool of potential fighters. 

The Middle East has plunged into a new Thirty Years War, allows 
Richard Haass, the president of the Council of Foreign Relations. "It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith. But the conflict is also between militants and moderates, fueled by neighboring rulers seeking to defend their interests and increase their influence. Conflicts take place within and between states; civil wars and proxy wars become impossible to distinguish. Governments often forfeit control to smaller groups - militias and the like - operating within and across borders. The loss of life is devastating, and millions are rendered homeless," he wrote on July 21. 

Read rest at link above