ISIS is a political movement dressed as a religious movement. They believe in their doctrine with the same fervor that America evangelicals believe in the holy word while they are caught cheating on their spouses, or engaging in sodomy. The entire senior management of ISIS was fired at one time by Paul Bremer, W’s genius US precept in Iraq. Like a monstrous revenant, they have arisen once again. ISIS’s grandfather was the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The grandparent of Al Quaeda is the US presence on Saudi Arabian soil and the invasion of Afghanistan.
Pape interviewed ISIS prisoners who were captured. “They are woefully ignorant about Islam and have difficulty answering questions about Sharia law, militant jihad, and the caliphate Lydia Wilson recently wrote in The Nation: “But a detailed, or even superficial, knowledge of Islam isn’t necessarily relevant to the ideal of fighting for an Islamic State, as we have seen from the Amazon order of Islam for Dummies by one British fighter bound for ISIS.”
Doug Stone, an American general quoted in the article says of one recruit who complained the when we invaded Iraq the security disappeared. “He fits the absolutely typical profile,” Stone said afterward. “The average age of all the prisoners in Iraq when I was here was 27; they were married; they had two children; had got to sixth to eighth grade. He has exactly the same profile as 80 percent of the prisoners then…and his number-one complaint about the security and against all American forces was the exact same complaint from every single detainee.”
This is how W and his uneducated, redneck acolytes of the New American Century staff mishandled the invasion: “Growing up Sunni Arab was no fun. A later interviewee described his life growing up under American occupation: He couldn’t go out, he didn’t have a life, and he specifically mentioned that he didn’t have girlfriends. An Islamic State fighter’s biggest resentment was the lack of an adolescence. Another of the interviewees was displaced at the critical age of 13, when his family fled to Kirkuk from Diyala province at the height of Iraq’s sectarian civil war. They are children of the occupation, many with missing fathers at crucial periods (through jail, death from execution, or fighting in the insurgency), filled with rage against America and their own government. They are not fueled by the idea of an Islamic caliphate without borders; rather, ISIS is the first group since the crushed Al Qaeda to offer these humiliated and enraged young men a way to defend their dignity, family, and tribe. This is not radicalization to the ISIS way of life, but the promise of a way out of their insecure and undignified lives; the promise of living in pride as Iraqi Sunni Arabs, which is not just a religious identity but cultural, tribal, and land-based, too.”
The second invasion of Iraq was a mistake whose proportions we are just now seeing.