After Year Long Bombing Campaign, ISIS No Weaker

The first problem with the bombing campaign is that it has been piecemeal, rather than a sustained, comprehensive assault. There has been some success, with ISIS losing some ground in Iraq and Syria, they’ve had to change some of their operational patterns, and plenty of ISIS members have gone to see if they really do get 72 virgins (which are probably their fellow Islamist brethren). The second, and much larger problem, is highlighted in the second paragraph

(AP) After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded.

The military campaign has prevented Iraq’s collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in northern Syria, particularly squeezing its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa. But intelligence analysts see the overall situation as a strategic stalemate: The Islamic State remains a well-funded extremist army able to replenish its ranks with foreign jihadis as quickly as the U.S. can eliminate them. Meanwhile, the group has expanded to other countries, including Libya, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Afghanistan.

The assessments by the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and others appear to contradict the optimistic line taken by the Obama administration’s special envoy, retired Gen. John Allen, who told a forum in Aspen, Colorado, last week that “ISIS is losing” in Iraq and Syria. The intelligence was described by officials who would not be named because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The issue at hand is that extremist Islam continues to spread and grow, as more Muslims convert to the hardcore version. A hardcore version of Islam is being taught more and more in mosques and Islamic schools. It is being spread online through social media and blog posts. It worms its way into the lives of Muslims, slowly turning those who believe in peace towards a radical version, radicalizing them in thought, as pushed by the Muslim Brotherhood and a few other groups, followed by many turning to the violent version, as practiced by ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other groups. This has been occurring heavily in places throughout the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Southern Asia. But, it has long ago spread to Europe, North America, and Australia, and seems to be accelerating.

One of the reasons that it continues to grow is that a chunk of the 1st World population is in complete denial as to the threat, and has decided that any criticism of radical Islam is a criticism of Islam as a whole. Which seems counterproductive, since radical Islam is a direct threat to what Liberals want to achieve themselves.

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