Sunday, August 24, 2014

The responsibility for ISIS, and now for Boko Haram, lies with us

For one simple reason: I would argue that these groups are the dissident groups that are leftover now that the U.S. destroyed the militant left-wing alternatives. There used to be plenty of secular armed groups in the Middle East, but we did our best to destroy them all (plus some funding dried up once the Soviet Union kicked the bucket). Now, the strongest dissident groups are Islamist. The thing is, I would much rather have to negotiate with people coming from a Marxist background than an Islamist one, but that possibility has been closed for some time since those groups are now marginalized.

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