Thinking Aloud: “Jihad 3.0”

Sept. 27,  2014 by Darius 

A few days ago, I saw a panel discussion entitled “Jihad 3.0” detailing the current situation with ISIS.  Overall, the panel didn’t break any new ground, but there were a few interesting comments.

Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, thought that US efforts against ISIS weren’t very effective.  As he said, airstrikes and bombings are only a matter of physics and chemistry.  Changing the political situation on the ground, though, is much more complicated.  US intervention hasn’t scratched the surface of the latter necessity.

Juan Zarate, a former Treasury Department official under George W. Bush, took a more hawkish line.  He said the Obama administration has been caught up in its own narrative.  According to Zarate, the Obama administration is so obsessed with showing that it has “learned the lessons of Iraq” and the lessons from the Bush administration that it has tied its own hands in terms of actions.

Alterman disagreed with Zarate.  He made the point that even though US policies might appear to have failed, or at least not be successful, that doesn’t mean that another course of action could have yielded any better results.  He felt that the Obama administration was on the right path.  As Alterman said, “We’re doing what we can but not what we need to.”

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One Response to Thinking Aloud: “Jihad 3.0”

  1. WORLDbytes says:


    Great blog! I think you and your readers might be interested in some new videos created by UK Citizen TV channel WORLDbytes. Focusing on Gaza, ISIS, Ukraine, Western-intervention and anti-Semitism, these videos include discussions, interviews and Vox Pops on the streets of London where volunteers ask the public to air their views and find a different perspective from mainstream media.

    Please feel free to comment, embed, share, copy and pass on them on to anyone else you think may be interested.

    Don’t Shout at the Telly: Gaza, Israel, ISIS & Ukraine

    View on the streets: Why have young Brits joined ISIS killers?

    View on the streets: Is Israel being portrayed as uniquely evil?

    It Should Be News: Anti-Semitism

    Best wishes,
    WORLDbytes Team

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