Sunday, January 04, 2015

The report is almost certainly false. But if it were true, it would prove that the leaders of ISIS are morons

If ISIS is really stupid enough to bring Ebola to the territory it controls, it will only hasten the collapse of its so-called Islamic State. The IS is barely functioning as a state right now. I think it's collapse is inevitable even without Ebola. But with Ebola, the group's prospects are even worse. Having essentially destroyed any semblance of a public health system, it is even less prepared than the governments of West Africa to deal with an outbreak of a disease like that. And unlike Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, ISIS is not going to cooperate with international groups that would be critical to control the disease.