How Do You Fight An Idea?

I remember not long after 9–11–01 when the Global War on Terror was broadcasted & its critics boasted the counter of “How can you fight (and win) a war on an idea?” There were many valid points to this question. How does one fight a war against a tactic of violence? How does one fight a war against Islamic Extremist beliefs?

After nearly 15 years of pondering this thought while working & living on the “frontlines” if you will, of the GWOT in places like Iraq, Afghanistan & Yemen and with the most recent attack in Orlando as fresh reminder of its continuance, I propose a different idea. The reverse should be the question we ask: How does Islamic terrorism fight a war on an idea? The fact is America is not a country it is an idea and it is not an American invention. It is a notion owned by a plethora of nations and organizations and people. It is one of liberty, diversity & equality.

Al Qaeda, Daesh & the like cannot win a war against this idea. A key symbol of this fact is how the new World Trade Center building has lit its spire in a rainbow color in support of the Orlando shooting. So after nearly 15 years since one of the most spectacular attacks in modern history the target of the attack is standing tall and expressing support for the most recent attack.

No, Islamic extremist cannot win its war against the idea of liberty & diversity. It can attack Istanbul, London, Sana’a, Paris, Sydney, New York, Baghdad, Brussels & Madrid. However you cannot kill an idea. The proof of concept is on extremism not on the harbingers of liberty. Our flexibility, inclusion & diversity is explicitly the foundation of our idea & the fundamental attribute that keeps us stable like an earthquake proof building. We sway & shake but never break.

The fact alone that we have a discotheque filled with LGBTQ peacefully celebrating Pride weekend is indicative of the nature of our idea. One that we do not need to impress upon others with violence though instead we broadcast the idea & it is “our home grown freedom fighters” around the world like Malala that you must struggle with; not the other way around.

How ISIS Will Save Iraq

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In a previous writing I annotated how Somali Piracy saved Somalia in part due to its demand for global Actors to come together and work the way they should have in the first place, twenty-plus years ago. I argue the same is true for ISIS in Iraq. Arguably the primary issue with stabilizing Iraq from 2003 to 2011 was the lack of regional affiliates working together, instead they worked against each other. Saudi support for Sunni factions battled Shiite factions supported by Iran. This proxy warfare left the Coalition Forces and the Iraqi people stuck in the middle while paying the price dearly. Stabilizing Iraq without two regional power players fighting it out in the streets of Iraq would have shown to be far easier. Read More

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Worry not; the world is still falling apart. BBC reported an original attack in Jakarta: Jakarta attacks: Bombs and gunfire rock Indonesian capital Which is particularly ironic following the fanfare that The Atlantic’s article “ISIS in the World’s Largest Muslim Country- Why are so few Indonesians joining the Islamic State?” got.

As the SOTU played out Iran was detaining 10 US Navy Sailors as a near PR stunt. And as such they were released soon after: Iran releases 10 US Navy sailors after boat drifted in Persian Gulf. If half of your Facebook friends are like mine there much anger and social media promises to seek revenge against Iran once social media comment at a time.

OPSEC being what it is, the US announced that “Special U.S. targeting force ‘now in place’ in Iraq.” Good thing they are not ya know, like a secret force.

In the wake of the continued Iran-Saudi Charlie Foxtrot, Saudi has called in its chips from Sunni allies, including the nascently stabilizing Somalia. And as such Iran received some blow back when an Iranian Aid Agency Looted In Somalia After African Nation Cuts Ties With Tehran.

As Nigeria continues to face security troubles with Boko Haram, it is reported that UK Sends Troops To Train Nigerian Soldiers.

Russia is continually nervous about the implosion of Afghanistan and as such decided that sending more guns will help: Russia to send small arms to Afghanistan

Turkey already pinned between a Europe and a hardplace and just facing a notable terrorist attack, has seen yet another attack in there southern region: Deadly car bomb hits police HQ near Diyarbakir, Turkey.

In case you thought Al Qaeda was gone – wait who is Al Qaeda? Yeah, they are still around releasing podcasts in the glorious shadow of ISIL: Al Qaeda releases 3 new messages from Ayman al Zawahiri

Recent reporting has illustrated an increase of instability coming out of India. The small yet potent Islamic minority there continues to produce some unsavory extremists as of late: Arrested in Syria, four Indian youths ‘planning to join ISIS’

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