Sunday, March 27, 2016

Everyone thinks ISIS is really important, unless they lose and it wasn't because of us

It's really bizarre how non-headliny this news is. The Islamic State is our current Hitler!1 Our alleged enemy number 1 has just lost a major city, one with both historic and strategic importance. Why isn't this one of the top stories? Maybe it's because the U.S. has direct role in the recapture of Palmyra. Instead, it was done with Syrian government troops (who we officially don't like), backed by the Russians (also not currently fond of), and Iranian-backed militias such as Lebanese Hezbollah (who we really don't like).

1-Yeah, I know, America's Hitler of the month club is usually a person not an organization. But the war against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/IS hasn't been personalized in the way that our other recent conflicts have been. We heard about Bin Laden about as much as al Qaeda, and Saddam Hussein as much as Iraq, and Qadhafi as much as Libya, but very few Americans would recognized the name Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Hell, we haven't even agreed on what to call his organization yet! Without a nice figurehead to direct our ire, our ire all seems to go to the organization, whatever the fuck you want to call it.