Friday, October 31, 2014
Harper's War and the Rise of ISIS
Back in my teenage days when I was studying martial arts and fighting a lot, I tattooed this famous Sun Tzu quote on the back of my right shoulder:
"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."
Which I deeply regret now along with so many other things.
But with Canadian warplanes maybe only hours away from beginning to bomb the ISIS hordes.
It's probably a good time for all us to know the enemy.
And ask ourselves questions like, where did that masked army spring from? How did they become so powerful so quickly? What on earth is going on in that bloody madhouse?
And of course, to what hellish place has Stephen Harper aka Great Strong Leader taken us?
In his never-ending pursuit of another glorious photo-op.
The Harper government at first called the staging base “Camp Canada,” but sources say using this name is now being discouraged because the Kuwaiti hosts are leery of highlighting a Canadian presence in the Arab country. “They want to make it clear this not Canadian territory; this is their territory,” one source said of the Kuwaiti government.
And in that regard, this excellent PBS documentary The Rise of ISIS couldn't be a better or more chilling primer.
Because when you watch it at least some things are blindingly obvious:
(1) There is no military solution, at least none we can provide, without sending in troops to fight on the ground, and getting embroiled in a religious war.
(2) ISIS can only be defeated if the Sunnis in Iraq can be persuaded to trust the Shia, and countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran can be persuaded to work together. Which will be difficult to say the least. If not impossible.
(3) If we attack the Sunnis and their ISIS allies sooner or later some of those fanatics will almost certainly strike back at Canada. We'll be attacked by real terrorists.
And Stephen Harper will use that to complete the process of turning us into a police state...
After having made our lives more dangerous not safe.
Yup. Know the enemy, know yourselves, know the Cons.
Know that their mad leader is leading us to disaster...
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