Friday, September 12, 2014

Foley beheading makes no strategic sense to me

Although I support President Obama's approach to the ISIS situation, one piece of the puzzle does not seem to fit, and it makes me uneasy. So here it is: Why would ISIS actually want to get the USA even more involved in its war to take over the region?


It was certainly predictable that we would not tolerate the beheading of the two American journalists.

So my question has been, "Why would ISIS want to do that?" Are they trying to tempt us into a ground war with them?

Yes, I know they have claimed that the beheading was in retaliation for our air strikes, (http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/02/world/meast/isis-american-journalist-sotloff/) and that makes sense to me at an emotional level but not at a strategic level.

Unless, they want us to become even more involved.

Ostensibly the message was, "Back off and leave ISIL alone." 

But strategically those are empty words that, when combined with the beheading,  only serve to provoke and anger the American public and to ensure that America will become even more involved.

Maybe the ISIS members have illusions of grandeur. I don't doubt that: The worst elements of religion tend to encourage that in people. 

At this point the question "why" is just baffling, but the thought sticks up like a root in the middle of the road.

If I find out something more definitive, I will post another article, or perhaps add to this one. If you know something, please comment, with citations please if possible.

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