After 14 years of GWOT,
ISIS has spread to 16 countries.
A savage brutal doctrine is able to win hearts
and minds and attract followers from around the
world even for suicide bombings.
Western view; “The best counterinsurgency campaigns
integrate and synchronize political, security, economic,
and informational components that reinforce governmental
legitimacy and effectiveness while reducing insurgent
influence over the population.”
(U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Guide, 2009)
And have been a failure.
These bad guys want all non-Muslims to hate all Muslims. That has been al Qaeda’s main goal for over 2 decades. ISIS is using the same play book, but they have found a way to use social media to make their cause the most visible and for some disenfranchised people it also is the most attractive and alluring. The nobodies in this world want to be somebody and they think this will make them someone who is heroic, admired, and part of a historic event, that will make their name live forever. The reality is most will end up as cannon fodder, the total dorks even the bad guys are not going to like much they end up as a Suicide bombing wanting to please their Wahhabi master.