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Ironically Islamic world is too disorganized to have proxies.

Reader comment on item: The Caliphate Brings Trauma
in response to reader comment: ISIS as a proxy army of Turkey?

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Sep 2, 2014 at 12:35

Dear Dr Pipes,

Your reader Steven hypotheses that ISIS is a proxy for Turkey. That may be true for a week or two but otherwise the Islamic world is too disorganized to have proxies. To have proxies you need to have stable organizations that can stick to a policy for a reasonable length of time. Unfortunately, in the political Islam every little person has the right to pick a gun and start defending the will of God. That precludes anyone from becoming proxy of anyone else. Sooner or later Islamic politicians will realize that even to wage a decent and legitimate war they need democracy (Caliphates and individuals cannot lead decent legitimate wars). When political Islam develops the infrastructure to wage decent wars will be a happy day for our planet.


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