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"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
Here you go Pete. This will help you out some concerning ISIS and your uhm.... uh yeah concerns. Make note why there is even a problem for all those that can't figure what they are about.
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
Oh, and we even have a thread up on it. Wouldn't want any to say they missed out on the knowing.
This is a military offensive to.....some think to force the diverting of forces away from Mosul.
But lets look at the things that ISIS does.
Rape.. why? Because raping is much easier than getting a real woman and convincing them to marry you. What is the type of ISIS fighter, especially from the west? Isolated, lonely impressionable young men. And as a bonus, in this culture (and our own 100+ years ago), rape was considered sinful to the rape victim and they became unclean and their children were considered unclean as well by the clan of which the mother was. It was a way to dilute and minimize the growth of opposition clans. Why the hell do you think that women were often targeted and protected fiercely during wars? .. they make new warriors and if you can prevent that and at the same time shame the opposition.. win win.
Slavery.. why? Cheaper, and if some happen to die then they can always be replaced.
Mass executions.. why? Easiest way to get rid of political opponents and their followers. This is how it has been done for millenniums across the face of the planet. In China, when an kingdom fell, the soldiers were executed along with all the political class.. so they could not oppose the new government. Why did the Bolsheveks kill the Czar and his family? To make sure that they would not return. The list goes on.
And then there is the goodie but old one.. the ability of human beings to like inflicting pain on others for pleasure. There is a lot of that going on in the ranks if ISIS... they simply like it... from burning ants or torturing animals as a kid to burning alive a person.. it does not take much to go all the way.
If you think that ISIS is religious.. then you dont understand the situation. You do realize that iPhones are being sold in the crate wise to ISIS controlled areas right along with tons of other luxuaries like Redbull and what not.
Last I have is the Kurds pushed back about an hour ago South of Erbil. From the Lebanon Daily Star.
Kurdish peshmerga forces have repulsed a major attack by ISIS southwest of Iraqi Kurdistan's capital Irbil, officials said Wednesday. "The attack which was launched at 8:00 p.m. was foiled. It lasted four hours and we killed 34 IS[ISIS] members," Sirwan Barzani, the local peshmerga commander, told AFP.
He said around 300 jihadis had attacked the villages of Sultan Abdallah and Tal al-Rim, between the towns of Gweyr and Makhmur, an area about 40 kilometers southwest of Irbil. "Daesh [ISIS] was not able to use heavy military vehicles or car bombs due to trenches dug out by peshmerga on the front lines," said Barzani, also the nephew of Kurdish leader Massud Barzani.....snip~
- See more at: Kurdish forces repulse ISIS attack south of Irbil | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR