“It is all good and fine for countries in the region to develop cartoons and other things to counter the messages of ISIL’s extremism, but at the end of the day it becomes a contest of legitimacy between the governments in the region (who want to remain in power) and the appeal of ISIL.”
“Al-Qaida has similar ambitions, but compared with ISIS, it has tried to pull a broader group of Muslims under its umbrella through persuasion rather than through immediate, violent coercion…They all of course have the same goal of eventually establishing the caliphate…The argument with ISIS is that they didn’t consult with anybody but chose just to crown themselves.”
“The picture that has emerged in Xi’s first two years in power is that either he does not have a political reform agenda with liberal or democratic elements, or that it is not his priority. It ranks below economic reform, anti-corruption, and other issues related to the legitimacy of the party.”
“They’re probably glad to see that nobody thinks that they have a responsibility to share the burden…They, too, have an interest in seeing ISIS defeated but they prefer a free ride and are probably happy to see the U.S. seeming all confused. I don’t think they will be against international action in Iraq. Syria may be a different story.”
“As an American Muslim and as a journalist, I am more than appalled by the murder of James Foley and the murder video. If I were king of whatever/wherever, I would go to war to wipe out these Islamic State perverts – perverters not just of Islam, but of all the decencies known to all men and women of all the traditional faiths and to all men and women of just simple decent feelings.”
“With 90 percent of global trade carried by sea, and the vast majority of international financial transactions conducted via undersea cables, the U.S. Navy is the backstop for securing a stable global financial system for the U.S. economy to operate in. In addition, the Navy is a highly versatile force that can generate sovereign, forward-deployed military power to do anything from strategic nuclear deterrence to humanitarian assistance. Whether it is launching air strikes against Islamist militants in Iraq or evacuating civilians from conflict zones, this flexibility makes naval power uniquely suited to an international security environment that requires scalpels in some instances and axes in others.”
FPRI’s Dominic Tierney comments on Iraqi PM Nouri Al-Maliki’ new speech in which he resists calls for him to step down over his handling of the country’s current crisis, and criticizes Iraq’s current president.
FPRI’s Mike Noonan appeared on ABC TV Philadelphia to discuss the latest developments, warning of the prospect of a real genocide — there being only some 200,000 to 500,000 Yazidis in the world and all are targeted by the Islamic State.