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Surprise, Surprise: ISIS and the US

Surprise, Surprise: ISIS and the US

By Dennis Loo (10/1/14)

In the September 30, 2014 NY Times you can find this quote about ISIS from a senior US Army general with combat experience in Iraq:

“We were surprised by their regional ambitions, the speed of their advance into Mosul and the collapse of the Iraqi security forces."

"Who dropped the ball?" is the question being asked in "Many Missteps in Assessment of ISIS Threat."

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Bombing ISIS to Destroy It Is Like Drowning a Fire With Gasoline

Bombing ISIS to Destroy It Is Like Drowning a Fire With Gasoline

By Dennis Loo (9/29/14)

Something has to be done about ISIS.      

If we want to do something about ISIS, then we need to ask ourselves what is causing ISIS in the first place. Otherwise we’re acting out of fear and ignorance, never a recipe for good results. If you attack a disease without knowing what’s causing it, then you could – and in this case will - accelerate rather than curb the disease. As virulent as ISIS is, it will grow under the US air strikes the way that a fire rises ever higher and hotter if you try to drown it by pouring gasoline on it.

As Haaretz reported on September 19, 2014:

The Islamic State jihadist organization has recruited more than 6,000 new fighters since America began targeting the group with air strikes last month, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIS and al-Qaeda are the bitter fruit of the US invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. They are US policies coming home to roost in spectacular fashion. What Obama is doing in ordering relentless airstrikes in Syria and Iraq is fueling ISIS, not damaging it.

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Syrian Airstrikes and the Khorasan Group

Syrian Airstrikes and the Khorasan Group

By Dennis Loo (9/24/14)

Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that the US government's claims are true that its airstrikes on Syria killed eight leaders of the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaeda offshoot, thus foiling an "imminent attack” on the US homeland.

Consider the facts and logic of this claim.

Even if a) Khorasan was in fact planning an “imminent” attack and b) their key leaders were killed, exactly how did this decapitation stop that “imminent” attack (and especially, future ones)?

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12