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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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Title Commenter Date Thread
2The anatomy of the crime in Tikrit [90 words]dhimmi no moreJun 27, 2014 15:13215620
no more proof needed [88 words]Mohammed Wazir AhkspaidarJul 1, 2014 05:33215620
1Criminals are not smart [224 words]dhimmi no moreJul 4, 2014 07:32215620
This is a Crime? [174 words]ElenaJul 22, 2014 01:58215620
2The truth never goes away [143 words]dhimmi no moreJun 27, 2014 09:22215618
yes, the pesky truth [132 words]Mohammed Wazir AhkspaidarJul 1, 2014 05:41215618
2This is indeed similar to what happened during the Arab invasion of Mesopotamia in the 7th century [619 words]dhimmi no moreJul 4, 2014 07:17215618
3Surat al-Noor and the foundation of the so called caliphate [212 words]dhimmi no moreJul 4, 2014 09:17215618
1Al-Buraq and ISIS' passport [32 words]dhimmi no moreJul 6, 2014 08:30215618
no skills [87 words]Mohammed Wazir AhkspaidarJul 7, 2014 00:11215618
can't they think ahead? [115 words]Mohammed Wazir AhkspaidarJul 7, 2014 00:17215618
2ISIS and Q8:67 [358 words]dhimmi no moreJul 11, 2014 14:28215618
Slight correction [9 words]dhimmi no moreJul 13, 2014 06:46215618
2no words for their brutality [258 words]Mohammed Wazir AhkspaidarJul 17, 2014 06:01215618
2Truth Always Triumphs [422 words]dhimmi no moreJul 18, 2014 13:15215618
1another vile verse and ISIS [544 words]dhimmi no moreJul 19, 2014 13:33215618
1Q9:29, ISIS the Christians of Mosul Iraq and al-Jizya aka the mafia tax [441 words]dhimmi no moreJul 21, 2014 12:57215618
1An old epithet al-rawafid or الروافض [191 words]dhimmi no moreJun 27, 2014 06:58215614
1ISIS strategic threat, new homelands, and population exchanges [406 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
YosefJun 23, 2014 15:28215565
It is No Longer aThreat - the Reality is on the Ground [257 words]M. ToveyJun 30, 2014 18:42215565

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