Paris, the Russian airliner, Lebanon: ISIS is enlarging the war

The center cannot hold.

The house of war comes to Paris. (Image: EPA, Etienne Laurent via UK Guardian)
The house of war comes to Paris. (Image: EPA, Etienne Laurent via UK Guardian)

his will be a quick update tonight, with less of the usual analysis, because I just don’t have time.

I have no doubt that ISIS is behind the recent attacks that have been spreading out around the Syria/Iraq theater.  ISIS has claimed responsibility for all of them, and it is credible that ISIS is behind them (although they are being executed through ISIS affiliates in each local area.  The core leadership of ISIS doesn’t have to be involved in planning or managing each attack, and I assume unless it’s proven otherwise that it is not).

But this is not a minor campaign of pinpricks from single-venue terror attacks, randomly distributed here and there.  This is a full-blown campaign: a strategy on ISIS’s part. Continue reading “Paris, the Russian airliner, Lebanon: ISIS is enlarging the war”

Memphis and the inconvenient dead: We’re all snarling jihadis now

The worst of the Old World breaks out in the New.

Graves of WWII soldiers in Libya, desecrated by jihadis. (Image via euronews)
Graves of WWII soldiers in Libya, desecrated by jihadis. (Image via euronews)

Congratulations to the Memphis City Council.  As Howard Portnoy reported, Memphis’s finest voted this week to dig up the remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest – and his wife – from their resting place beneath Forrest’s statue in a Memphis park.

It’s politically incorrect, according to the council, for the Forrests’ bones to repose there any longer.

“It is no longer politically correct to glorify someone who was a slave trader, someone who was a racist on public property,” said City Council member Myron Lowery.

So now our own, all-American Memphis, Tennessee is just like the jihadi animals who’ve been attacking graves around the Middle East, as they slash and burn their way through the post-Arab Spring landscape. Continue reading “Memphis and the inconvenient dead: We’re all snarling jihadis now”

Now Egypt joins the air fight against Islamic State – in Libya

Everything old is new again.

Egypt goes kinetic against ISIS in Derna, Libya on 16 Feb. (Image via Twitter)
Egypt goes kinetic against ISIS in Derna, Libya on 16 Feb. (Image via Twitter)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Yemen may really fall apart this time (and it’s not the only erupting crisis)

Interesting times.

A Houthi rebel watches outside the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen during the siege 19-22 Jan. (Image via CNN)
A Houthi rebel watches outside the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen during the siege 19-22 Jan. (Image via CNN)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Zero to nowhere: Obama’s Syria-Iraq ‘policy’ leaves reality behind

My kingdom for a strategy.

Syria is burning. (Image: AFP via BBC)
Syria is burning. (Image: AFP via BBC)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!