This is the misery that the USA-armed and trained jihadis have brought down on Christians in Iraq. I hope you know by now that large segments of the wahhabi terrorist army laying claim to almost half of Iraq are a product of the training and funding provided to them by the USA and her allies including Israel, ( see here and here for Israel’s complicity in the training) with the sole purpose of fighting in Syria to oust Assad, and while they are still trying to do that in Syria, they are simultaneously annexing large areas of Iraq and expelling, killing, converting, raping, etc,etc, the remaining Christians.
What a wonderful world of shortsighted warmongering politicians and their billionaire buddies!
Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen writing at SyriaComment:
….Islamic state: a lion and a fox?
The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. It was born as a result of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and then used the power vacuum created by the civil war in Syria to create a base out of which it could create the foundations for an emerging state. However, how likely are they to succeed in their goal of establishing a functioning state? In answering this question, it is crucial to understand their strategy: do they only operate based on ideological fervor, or does their strategy contain elements of realism? Machiavelli taught us that a successful prince should learn to be both a fox and a lion, does IS have the ability to act as both?
Machiavelli’s recommendations for Princes
The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. Machiavelli, The Prince.
What did Machiavelli mean in his masterpiece, which for long has been essential reading on the reading list for all first year political science students? In the animal kingdom, a lion is the symbol of ultimate strength. It is the most powerful mammal on land that is feared by all other animals. However, the lion has a weakness, it is not intelligent enough to recognize the danger of traps.
A fox is also a predator, living off preying on other animals. However, the fox is cunning and calculating. It recognizes dangers when it feels uncomfortable in a new setting. A fox does not necessarily attack if it judges that it could result in it being in danger……..