It's an amazing piece from The Atlantic by Graeme Wood that there has been talk about on some news programs. I won't bother to quote sections of it because I wouldn't know where to begin. There's way too much information here. But if you'd like a serious look into the mentality and motivations of ISIS and the ignorance of those like our President on what this threat is all about, it is well worth your time.
I had not meant to add to this post, but watching the news tonight, I saw where our idiot President has tasked his military officials with giving ISIS a several months heads up about our intentions to retake the city of Mosul in Iraq with details that include troop strength and preliminary ground positions.
Lefties are trying to give the Prez cover on this by saying that the intention is to motivate the Iraqi army to get their sh*t together and get ready to fight. Well if that isn't a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is.
What's making me bring this up is something in Wood's excellent article. He talks about the apocalyptic vision of ISIS and part of what they see as a trigger for their End of days scenario:
"The Islamic State has attached great importance to the Syrian city of Dabiq, near Aleppo. It named its propaganda magazine after the town, and celebrated madly when (at great cost) it conquered Dabiq’s strategically unimportant plains. It is here, the Prophet reportedly said, that the armies of Rome will set up their camp. The armies of Islam will meet them, and Dabiq will be Rome’s Waterloo or its Antietam."
He goes on to mention that of course, Rome has no army anymore, but that "...the Americans will do nicely."
Now that it has taken Dabiq, the Islamic State awaits the arrival of an enemy army there, whose defeat will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse. Western media frequently miss references to Dabiq in the Islamic State’s videos, and focus instead on lurid scenes of beheading. “Here we are, burying the first American crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” said a masked executioner in a November video, showing the severed head of Peter (Abdul Rahman) Kassig, the aid worker who’d been held captive for more than a year. During fighting in Iraq in December, after mujahideen (perhaps inaccurately) reported having seen American soldiers in battle, Islamic State Twitter accounts erupted in spasms of pleasure, like overenthusiastic hosts or hostesses upon the arrival of the first guests at a party.
Now clearly Dabiq is not Mosul, but the propaganda value is just as high. Suppose the ditherer in Chief sends a skeleton force of American forces to Mosul to back up the comically inept Iraqis, and ISIS, which Wood claims will probably send "vast resources" into a battle that it may deem essential to validate their caliphate, routs the American aided Iraqis . . . imagine the recruiting value in that. And given that this moron just tipped his hand and gave the enemy months to prepare, it is not inconceivable to imagine such an outcome.
What then? Go on television and blame FOX News? Or the Republicans?
This incompetent administration with its hashtag diplomacy and blame white Christian America first attitude is going to plunge the entire world into chaos. I shudder at the possibilities.