A couple of jihadists approach the dead prisoners and finish off any survivors from point-blank range

In response to airstrikes this is exactly what ISIS will try to do.

The lessons in regard to this have been demonstrated over and over. You can flatten a place from the air, cause untold (as they like to call it collateral destruction) deaths and suffering, and recruitment’s to the flag of those being Bombed.

Since 9/11 the hornets nest we are now witnessing as Obama recently pointed out is a Net work of Death.

It is not my purpose here to attribute blame but to ask why in this modern age do we see fanatical, killers, on a mission, to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari’ah law.?

A complicated question to say the least.

  1. Who helped these psychopaths rise to power?
  2. Who armed them, funded them and trained them?
  3. Why are ISIS very happy to show their atrocities? They post it on Twitter. They put it on YouTube.
  4. Is there any kind of constructive role the US can play in this nightmare scenario, military or otherwise, or should the Obama administration stay as far away from the situation as possible?
  5. What’s playing out across the Arab world?

The Taliban’s goals have always been nationalistic, in the sense that they claim to be fighting on behalf of Afghans against a foreign occupier. The things that propel them to fight are very local, very parochial.

These jihadist militants from Iraq were part of what national security analysts commonly referred to as Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Remember Al-Qaeda in Iraq was ISIS before it was re-branded.

We’ve had 30, 40, 50 years of dictatorship, secular dictatorship across the Arab world, in which you’ve had very weak left forces that can articulate a vision of social justice that’s also secular.

After the Arab Spring, the secular dictatorships have been overthrown for the most part, or they’ve been attempted to be overthrown, and there’s nobody else to fill that vacuum except for the Islamists.

We need to really think about what are the social origins, what are the political roots of ISIS.

What are the conditions in Iraq, particularly after 2008 and 2009, that led to the feelings of disillusionment and disenfranchisement on behalf of Sunni populations and the anger toward the Maliki government that allowed a group like ISIS to become strong in the first place?

While it’s important to keep in mind that the US and its Allies are indirectly responsible for the very existence of ISIS because of their invasion. The chaos that was sowed by the invasion and the resulting civil war were ultimately caused by the United States’ invasion and then its early withdrawal.

Was it Obama pulling out in 2010–2011 is what caused ISIS to grow and become strong, or the arming of Syrian rebels is what allowed ISIS to grow and become strong?

To think of ISIS as purely evil is a mistake. We wont get very far by thinking of them as purely evil because Jihadi Islam originates in Islam itself.

Are they more bloodthirsty than the Assad regime, or the Taliban, or al Qaeda?

Not by much, except that they try to minimize their atrocities; they don’t want the world to know about them. They hide their atrocities.

What’s different about ISIS is that they are harking back to the caliphate days of the Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Ataturk in 1924.

This is an era of Islam’s ascendancy from the death of Mohammed until the 13th century. Some Moslems still maintain that the Moslem world must have a calif ( a representative of Allah on earth ) as head of the community.

So Isis believes that a Khalifah ( Allah representative )will unite all Islamic lands and people and subjugate the rest of the world.  

In doing so ISIS reject  international order altogether. This is why we must stand up and be counted.

As monstrous as the Islamic State may be, its success is fueled by legitimate grievances on the part of a Sunni population that has been relegated to second-class status by the Maliki government, a government that came into power as a result of the United States’ recklessly short-sighted invasion and occupation of the country, which is now supposed to be ironed out (yet to be seen) by the election of a new inclusive Government that is asking for help.

Now we’re essentially being dared by IS to intervene again in what has become a three-way civil war.

There is no solution but to accept the Bait and get rid of the blood thirsty LUNATICS, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Brutal: Other captives are shot before being tied to makeshift crucifixes    image

I’m so speechless… there is no need for any more photos.