There is a saying in my native country "The country is burning and the old lady combs her hair". This is the sense of my recent skepticism I expressed here about the effectiveness of the coalition being put together by the PostWest and the so-called "moderate" Middle-East. While the IS accumulates manpower and millions in resources and destroys and beheads anything that moves in its path, nobody is willing to fight, Obama is "seeking a strategy", NATO's Turkey refuses the use of bases for attacks, Cameron calls the murders "evil", but is still reluctant to commit active participation. No wonder I am not the only one who sees a clear parallel to the 30's:
Historical parallels are never exact. So, looking back to the 1930s may not be relevant to dealing with the Islamic State today. Or perhaps it would be relevant.Here are a few other aspects of reality which parallel the 30's:
Today, the Islamic State is still small and weak in comparison to the armed forces, technology, and resources of the United States. A direct confrontation on the ground as well as in the air might lead to the early destruction of the Islamic State. However, the US remains supremely reluctant to contemplate such ground action, due to its negative experiences in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In recent days, Obama, Kerry, and Biden all stated that a condition of any plan to destroy the Islamic State is “No American boots on the ground.” This gut aversion seems to parallel the British and French attitudes about using force in the 1930s. Maybe other boots can be found to do the job, with US air support and indirect assistance. One hopes so.
But perhaps that won’t do it. Maybe the monster that is the Islamic State will absorb its present conquests, attract new adherents from abroad, attack new targets, and, in general, become a more threatening entity during the coming months and years. One nightmare is that we will wake up one day, perhaps after a major attack by the Islamic State in Europe or even in the United States, or perhaps after an attack with unconventional weapons, and realize that the West missed the chance to end this horror at its early stages, much as England and France did with Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s.But the Islamic State is hardly the only or even the largest threat in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic of Iran is an ideologically-driven country that seeks to expand its regional hegemony, is a sophisticated practitioner of terrorism, is hostile to the West, and threatens Israel. The fear of missed opportunities should hover over US policy decisions on Iran’s nuclear program as well.
--1930s Redux -- The Risk of Missed Opportunities
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