12.22.2015 02:46 PM

Adler-Kinsella Show: on ISIS, Clinton, Trump, spanking and newsmaker of the year

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  1. Bill Templeman says:

    WK, Charles asked you, “Where are all the Sunnis in the region in the fight against ISIS. Here’s one answer: They’re enraged by the US occupation of Iraq so they are fighting for ISIS. From The Nation:

    http://www.thenation.com/article/what-i-discovered-from-interviewing-isis-prisoners/

  2. The Doctor says:

    I think it was Mark McKinnon who wrote a very good extended piece on this issue in the Globe and Mail a couple of weeks ago. That and that Frontline documentary on the rise of ISIS really hammer the point home: unless and until we find a legitimate geographic and political home for the huge Sunni population in that part of the world, it’s going to be virtually impossible to meaningfully dismantle ISIS.

    • Bill Templeman says:

      Agreed, Doctor. All of the national groups in the region need their own spaces, not only the Sunnis. Lest we forget, French and Brit map makers created the boundaries for most of Middle East right after WWI. Good idea at the time, bad idea in practice. This dysfunction has long roots. But re-drawing all those maps is a huge task & will not happen anytime soon. As an interim measure, how about stopping the bombing & the drone strikes? You know, when trapped in a deep hole, stop digging? With every ISIS fighter killed, someone’s son, brother, husband, father, etc., is killed, thereby perpetuating the inter-generational rage against the West. Agree that ISIS needs to be contained, dis-armed, defanged and defunded, but can this be done without making the situation worse? After 9/11, James Fallows said the greatest weapon that Al-Qaeda had against the West was provoking an over-reaction, thereby creating more radicalized locals. Right. The past 14 years have proven Fallows to be correct. ISIS is the child of the West’s dumb policies. So how could we stop doing the dumb stuff that only perpetuates the problem?

    • cgh says:

      Agree in part. What you are saying is that we are not serious about dealing with ISIS. But your last clause does not follow. State fascism was stamped out in 1945 without relocating Germans en masse. It does not follow that relocation of the local population is necessary to stamp out ISIS. They ARE home right now.

      What’s worse, ISIS has an external base within minority populations outside Iraq and Syria including Europe, Africa and perhaps North America. Where should they be relocated to?

      • The Doctor says:

        I sure as hell wasn’t advocating relocation of the Sunni population in that region. I just meant that they need to be legitimately represented. In Syria, the Sunnis have been oppressed by Assad and his Dad for decades. In Iraq, ever since Saddam Hussein fell, too often the Shi’ite political leaders have greedily marginalized the Sunnis.

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