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We are the ones who don't understand it and that is to our detriment.
Know your enemy is what Sun Tzu and von Clausewitz taught.
We are almost 15 years removed from 9/11 and we STILL are ignorant of Islam. And many of us actually prefer remaining ignorant!
A sure way to lose.
Anyway, back to ISIS.
When push comes to shove, i.e. when jihad comes knocking on the Iraqi soldiers' door, (when ISIS starts advancing on their positions) many of the Iraqi government soldiers experience a genuine 'come to Mohammed' moment.
And that is the bottom line here.
They can't be trusted to continue to fight for freedom as we know it unless we are there in great strength.
It is absolutely not ingrained in them that Freedom & Democracy is the highest ideal.
To THEIR culture, upbringing, society, teaching and way of life for all of their lives, ISLAM and MOHAMMED and the Koran, Sira and Hadith are, have been and will remain IT.
And if THAT isn't enough, the M.E. saying made famous by OBL should be kept in mind.
"No one ever said it better than Osama bin Laden: “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.”.
While we were there and in numbers there is no question that we were the strong horse and the Iraqis responded to our strength.
But once we left, ISIS became the strong horse.
And that will always be so.
Therefore, I believe if our political and military leaders understood what you (hopefully) now understand, they might have done somethings differently than they did.