Is ISIS the Real Threat?


The world is a mess – that’s why Lindsey Graham is running for president, don’t you know? But that’s a story for another day.

More specifically, the Middle East is a mess – so much so that in this writer’s opinion that the region is at a tipping point or, more appropriately, walking a tight rope. The participants involved in conflicts over there are all walking the tight rope, and they will fall off eventually. On which side they fall is a greater concern.

In other words, it’s not the conflict or battles themselves that are historically consequential – it’s the result of the conflicts – it’s what we’re left with after the dust settles. 

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We all know ISIS is on the move, seemingly conquering new territory weekly, if not daily. They control large swaths of Iraq, at least half of Syria, and now portions of Libya. And their surrogates are busy in multiple other African nations.

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All the while, the Obama mouthpieces attempt to downplay the ISIS gains as merely setbacks. Their response to the fall of Ramadi and Palmyra was that at least Baghdad wasn’t under threat. Really – and that’s positive? That’s like finding out that three of your four children were killed in an accident and saying “yes, but on the bright side, at least I still have one left.”

But, despite all the gains by ISIS and the incompetence of Obama, I don’t think ISIS is our greatest concern. I say this because I believe they won’t be a force in that region for long. Long being a relative term.

ISIS is like a bonfire. It gets lit and burns bright and hot. The flames initially attract a lot of people, but eventually participants grow weary of the event. They tire of having to constantly feed the fire. Before long there simply is not enough wood, nor people who care enough to find more, and the fire dies.

This could take years, but it will happen. No one, ISIS included, can sustain that fevered pace for too long.

So that leaves us with our, and the world’s greatest concern – the established nations in the Middle East – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, etc. The greatest concern of the United States and the world should be nuclear proliferation in that region. 

And the cause of this proliferation can be traced back to two men – Barack Obama and John Kerry.

Sure, it’s Iran, that, for years has pledged to join the nuclear club, but it is these two shortsighted fools who will enable it to happen.

And neighboring countries will not wait until Iran’s to make an announcement, which they will do with great fanfare, I may add, that they have indeed developed a bomb. Rumors are that the Saudis are already negotiating with Pakistan to procure one or more nuclear devices, and if Iran’s development appears imminent, by hook or crook, the Saudis will acquire their own.

From there, it’s just a domino effect until every major power in the Middle East has one, and then it’s game over.

Yes, ISIS is presently a problem – a big problem. But the problems of ISIS pales in comparison to a nuclear Middle East.

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