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ISIS strategic threat, new homelands, and population exchanges

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Submitted by Yosef (United States), Jun 23, 2014 at 15:28

Dr Pipes is right that other than supporting the Kurds and other allies, the US should stay out of Iraq. But there is a bigger problem,a God size problem with no good human solution. By example form the 1930s-1940s: Nazi aggression was once small and limited. Pretense it was too remote, too limited to clusters of German speakers in central Europe and Isolationism got Europe and the USA into bad appeasement policies for too long. WW II was almost lost. While the ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq are not a strategic threat to the USA today, the malignant ideology and ability to motivate Islamic jihadi terrorists and suicide bombers to act out most certainly is a life and death issue. That is ignored or minimized at our peril. The removal of violent people and transfer away from victims is a complex question to discuss in a democratic society ruled by law but desiring life and security.

Iraq and Syria are gone as nation states. It makes sense for distinct Mid Eastern people to be geographically centralized and have their own homelands and cultures. (Multiculturalism doesn't work well when mixed with totalitarian fanaticism.)

On a practical level, it seems that a new Sunni Islamic state, self-made of contiguous Sunni parts of Iraq and Syria offers a practical solution. But the ISIS territory ideology has to be contained, which may not be successful. Much may be learned from the dysfunctional Palestinian Authority. In particular that not supporting it financially and encouraging moving its hostile Sunni Arabs who pine for an Islamic way of life to the new ISIS area is a win/win. Let there be a new Palestinian province in ISIS. The Sunni Arabs, whether they call themselves Greater Syrians, Shams, Iraqiya, Syrraqa, Southern or Eastern Palestinians, new United Arab Republic citizens, Caliphaters, or whatever have in common Sunni Islam, Arabic culture, and being the core of fhe Arab nation. They get to do their own thing, have lots of territory, get out from under Israeli constraint, celebrates their Islamic revolutions, and self-determine their futures in their own culture and lands. Israelis, Kurds and other Mid East minorities get to live with less fear of terrorism and children being kidnapped. Parts of Syria can also be defacto homelands/new states for Druze, Alawite, and Christian Arabic speakers. If the ISIS gets too hard to control and expands the nuclear option looks inevitable unless there is a Divine intervention.

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My hope and assumption is that Tehran will deal with ISIS. And ISIS will deal with Tehran.

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