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A Google search on, “what caused the rise of ISIS,” produced 1.5 million hits on April 8, 2015.  Lots of information, opinion, and political propaganda.  Books and articles abound.

During what may turn out to be the runup to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war where Syria and ISIS have been the catalysts, this post provides salient facts, a reference, plus new information for those wanting to know what is really up out there.

If you are of the politically correct / revisionist history crowd, prepare to be offended.

There are six parts: Read More »

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Middle East Foundations

Understanding the ISIS situation must begin with understanding Middle East foundations.

Geographically, the region lies in between Africa and Asia. The “Levant” refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey.

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While there are differences in this regard among Middle East countries, the majority religion is Islam Read More »

The Cauldron

What Role did the US Play

1) We destabilized the region by taking out Saddam, the primary counterweight to Iran, and now Iran is helping to push Saudi Arabia into a war footing;

2) We undertook rebuilding a nation in Iraq but left before creating a national identity. It all broke down into ancient sectarian violence from which came ISIS;

3)  We disbanded and reconstituted the Iraqi army and left many battle-hardened officers to their own devices. They joined terrorist groups and made them stronger.

Now the region is threatening to spin out of control into civil war and more.  Standing back, it looks planned or like an uncompleted plan that is working anyway.

The original Bush 43 Iraq invasion plan was Read More »