a reply to: KingIcarus
Thats what it seems like, I seriously doubt they have any bigger plans then just settling old scores and consolidating power for there group. There
to small of a group to really take over all the tribes and peoples in the middle east, so there likely going for the next best thing, production value
and propaganda to make themselfs seem larger then life and bigger then they are. As a recruitment piece sure they may get new converts, and even from
the west, but only some and most likely the disenfranchised types. As long as there on there own running there own operation they will have to deal
with the locals and other countries as a infringement party, there only locked and stocked because of what they have been provided with in there
other campaigns you know the rebel business.
And do doubt they have grown bigger and more powerfull, but there still just one group who is having its day in that part of the world, if any nation
in that part really stood up to them and went full on war, using the same tactics there using they will not likely survive long. They only got into
Syria after the country was already breaking down and was destabilized already, so all the military bases they likely took over were already on there
own, and in Iraq everybody was lax and to busy enjoying there own success and new statuses to really think that somebody would come from left field
and literally gun them down.
And in provoking the west really I seriously doupt that no matter how drunk on temporary power you are that you would be that stupid to try to take on
an overwhelming superior force both in manpower and resources and technology. It could be that there just idiots and they actually think that showing
vids of them shooting up local tribe and executing former spys and and western citizens/journalists is going to somehow stop western powers from
coming back in, or there likely hoping that when it does there recruitment will go up as well. After all like you said, there is a lot of anti west
feeling that can be tapped into if that happens.
All in all I think this is just more backwash from what was started long ago with all these stupid military campaigns into the middle east, its like
playing whack a mole, you whack one then another pops its head up somewhere else. Both intentionality to keep the war machine going and unintentional
as these sort of things propagate themself regardless.
There is this quote from Sun Tzu..."There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare" However its not the west or other foreign
powers who this applies to, because lets face it, there are plenty of people willing to go back in, and showing them videos of countrymen being
beheaded is likely to piss them off even more, and sure as hell with all the money we spend on the military the US can afford to send troops back and
forth for years and years. But these guys, there on a losing end, there just making enemies of most everybody. And really the only nation in this
instance who will not benefit from prolonged warfare in that region is the middle eastern nations, states, countries and various people living in the
region. Gospel to late in coming most likely. Most people stick to what they know, this ISIS group does as well, so since they were created on the
battlefield that may be all they know.
Seems like the end result of the snowball effect, the cause and effect of sticking our nose into other peoples and nations business, because joe
politician decided it was a good idea to get his name in the papers and get a few votes for his constituency and there business this whole trend each
and every few years of starting charlie wilson's wars is way overrated and done for. Its like a copy and paste job that goes around in circles to
the whole office, by idiots who once saw a movie or read a book or by educated idiots who went to a fancy military academy. Its a no go zone, so far
it has lead it circles to nowere, wag the dog, more like the dog chases its own tale.
But hey I am quite sure somebody got rich off it for the time it lasted, however now it profit motives seem to be wan, even though they have major
operations on natural resources such as lithium, oil, or even the drug trade in that area. If these ISIS or these so called Muslim brotherhood were
really serious then that would likely be there next targets. Why go after the small fish like Syria or Iraq when you can go for the multi billion
operations running in the area. And then we really would see the whole western propaganda machine running in red alert that we need to go back in full