|Mr. Purple Cat Esq. |
This is what happens when you destabilize and mess around with a whole region over and over again for decades (more like a century at this stage)
I cant help but grudgingly be impressed (while horrified) by IS for actually succeeding and taking control in such a chaotic area while also fighting against some of worlds most powerful militaries.
Not gonna watch that btw. I dont like violent videos (even skateboard "fails" and such).
I don't like violent videos either, but I'd say that everyone needs to watch this. The violence (and make no mistake, it's there, there's footage of some of the executions) if as 'tasteful' as they could find, lacking in blood 'n guts.
I saw a lot of people trumpeting on the internet how all the members of the Iraqi military that got captured deserved what they got, were traitors, were cowards, etc.
This young man puts a face on those victims and reminds us that a lot of the Iraqi military was there only because the country has been so fucked over that the military was one of the few places you could get a job if you and your family were starving.
Harrowing as hell, but it includes the fact that even in the face of ISIS, other Sunni Iraqis helped this young Shiite man, knowing he was a wanted man.
Five for ISIS Evil, favorited for those willing to risk their lives to do Good in the face of it.
Undoubtedly some Sunnis are complying with ISIS out of fear, hes lucky he ran into the right people.
Reminds me of some of the stories of people running through jungles for days and swimming through shark infested waters to escape the Japanese during the Bataan death march. A few made it, most didnt.
I had a great uncle that was in the death march and survived 4 years in a Japanese prison camp. He said it was the worst hell imaginable.
I was told that the Japs would decapitate people randomly, they would just pick you out of a crowd and behead you.
He also said they would bayonet you or shoot you just for looking a soldier in the eyes, you had to watch the ground constantly.
They would cram people inside stables and shacks at nighttime, so tight in fact, that people that died from exhaustion would do so standing up, because there was no room to collapse.
They were pretty keen on torturing people too, he didnt really go into that, but he said that they would hang people up by their fingers and put you in steel cages in direct sunlight for days at a time and poke you with sticks.
I know this is about ISIS, but this reminded me of the stories I heard as a lad.
This was rough to watch. ISIS may be getting stronger, but they are probably sowing the seeds of their future collapse.
Actually, I just want to believe there is a good future for the Arabs in that region.
You can't build a caliphate beneath squadrons of American drones.
Worth watching if anything to educate oneself on how evil ISIS is and if another thing to accept the fact that the way the US fights wars today is not the way to get rid of these guys (not that we can afford it, anyway).
Our troops have a lot to lose. ISIS has nothing to lose. Those who have nothing to lose are going to stop at nothing to kill anyone they disagree with. Few US citizens/troops are going to fight that way - and no chickenhawks realize that we can't just show up and win a war anymore even though the last 10 years was a prime example.
I'd love for the US to be able to help and fix this, but I have no idea how we can, and sadly enough it's up to Arab citizens to put a stop to this and wake up - and I hope they do.
|Mr. Purple Cat Esq. |
There is a certain amount of hypocrisy in some of the comments above. Surely the US is at least as "evil" as IS. When they execute their enemies (with bombs) many civilians are killed too. In fact in many cases only civilians are killed.
Two wrongs don't make a right, and while the US does kill far more people than I'd like, they don't actually set out to commit ethnic cleansing or genocide (on purpose).
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