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Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It – The New York Times

2015-11-20

Daesh has a mother: the invasion of Iraq. But it also has a father: Saudi Arabia and its religious-industrial complex. Until that point is understood, battles may be won, but the war will be lost. Jihadists will be killed, only to be reborn again in future generations and raised on the same books.

via Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It – The New York Times.

This article explains how the Islamic State was born as a mutation of the same ideology, Wahhabism, that inspired the state of Saudi Arabia.

Now the Saudis are under threat from this new Islamic State, and their government is interested in maintaining stability and the balance of power, not the apocalyptic battle that the Islamic State devoutly wishes for and prepares every day.  Iran is a cousin, in Shia form, of the Saudi state, and faces the same problems: maintaining their current position of power over their people and defending themselves against the Islamic State.  Syria is a totalitarian state that maintains a republican fiction, run by minority Shia Alawite elites.

Iraq was a Baathist, or republican fascist secular government; it was oppressive to its people and many other things, but it was an organized government that kept the Sunni west and the Shia south of its country under control.  It was already losing the Kurdish north of the Sykes-Picot state of Iraq, thanks to Western intervention and the no-fly zone, but that was before Bush came seeking the fabled “weapons of mass destruction.”  Now Iraq is approaching the status of a “failed country” as the Kurds have left and the Sunni west has been over-run by the Islamic State.

The bottom line is that all these Middle Eastern governments are unstable and none of them are capable of meeting the challenges of drought, desertification, and resource shortages that are threatening to tear them apart.  If the rest of the world can wean itself from dependence on oil by developing alternative fuel sources, then these governments’ power to propagandize their citizens into becoming suicide bombers will be greatly impaired.

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