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Submitted by Paul (United Kingdom), Dec 6, 2015 at 10:54

IS/Da'ish..a 'small bug' a trifle soon to disappear?..get real! Supported financially and militarily by murderous regimes in Saudi and Qatar, themselves supported by the US and UK governments all of whom have their own self regarding objectives that over-ride any humanitarian concern, they will be around for some time.

Going back to the US/UK support for Taliban fighters opposing the Russian support for Najibullah, the west naively did not recognise the resurgence of the ideological concept of the islamic state or Caliphate...not just reflecting back to the Ottoman Caliphate but back the the origin of the Caliph as the political and religious leader as successor to Muhammad, exercising control over a pan national region in the middle east. The efforts to 'grow' this notion were confronted by Russia in Afghanistan and central Asia and on the other side of the Caspian in the effort to create the Caucasus Emirate in Chechnya. Depite attracting 'foreign fighters and bombing civilians, Nevsky Express 2009, Moscow Metro 2010, Domodedovo Airport 2011, Makhachkala in Dagestan 2012, Boston Marathon 2013, for example, the West until that point turned a blind eye...The US had listed the Emirate as a terrorist organisation in 2011 but done nothing until Boston and the UK only just got round to nominating the Emirate as terrorist organisation at the end of 2013! Meanwhile Russia had confronted this growing threat in Chechnya and Ossetia...and taken action to protect Crimea.

Referencing the aftermath of the Paris atrocities, the Belgian authorities had identified Chechen led terrorist activity in 2010 and had jointly with the Austrians arrested a Chechen terrorist leader...nobody seems to link all this together as a global threat. Rather the West colluded, by inaction, with the 'Russian terrorist problem' as thinking it effectively in the West's interests. No wonder the Russians have the strategic overview and policy to suit, regarding the present IS/Syrian-Iraqi Sunni chaos across the middle east. (that's without going anywhere near the Turkish problem!)

Whilst western authorities pursue self interested short term policies and do not join in a proper international response, the flea of the IS will continue to spread the 'Black Death'

Submitting....

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They might be "around for some time" but they need not be if we have the will to get rid of ISIS.

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