My first foul whiff of the Islamic State came in June of 2014, when I sensed their gathering ominous presence in Syria and Iraq. Little did I know how bad they would make life for the people of those countries or how complicit my country was in facilitating their rise. True, some of my predictions were wrong; Iraq did not fall. But ISIS isn’t over yet. As long as it continues to make trouble, I’m sure the Trump regime will react stupidly, at great cost to taxpayers, and even greater cost to Middle East citizens and refugees. All it takes is for some sorry-ass immigrant to mow down a few people—as in lower Manhattan recently—for the government to amp up the fear level and intervene in more places they want to destroy in order to control.
This is my take on ISIS from two and a half years back, published at cowbird.com. ISIS may be on the run now, but made-in-America militias, as shown at the end, are doing just fine. They, of course, are your protectors.
The next time people like the Bundy militia get into a standoff with the government, let’s see what Trump’s boys do about it.