Dober članek v The New York Times o razvoju Islamske države v resnično delujočo državo. Ali drugače, gre za revolucionarne spremembe, ki skozi brutalnost in nasilje prinašajo tudi stabilnost. Če si tiho in če nisi na črnem seznamu skrajnežev.

The Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced women into sexual slavery and turned children into killers.

But its officials are apparently resistant to bribes, and in that way, at least, it has outdone the corrupt Syrian and Iraqi governments it routed, residents and experts say.

“You can travel from Raqqa to Mosul, and no one will dare to stop you even if you carry $1 million,” said Bilal, who lives in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, and, out of fear, insisted on being identified only by his first name. “No one would dare to take even one dollar.”

Na nek način je Islamska država podobna Franciji ali Rusiji po revoluciji. Nova oblast uporablja teror, da uvaja spremembe, da gradi svojo utopijo. Nasilnost skrajnežev ne pomeni, da jih čaka propad. Z omejenim delovanjem zahodnih sil in nesposobnostjo iraških in sirskih oblasti, da jih porazijo same, se lahko zgodi, da bo nastala nova država, ki bo v sebi združevala dele ozemlja tako Sirije, kot Iraka. Nova sunitska država, zgrajena na strogih pravilih skrajnežev. Za ljudi, ki so že leta vajeni vojne in korupcije, je lahko takšna država celo sprejemljiva.

John E. McLaughlin, who was deputy director of the C.I.A. from 2000 to 2004, said he was recently at a dinner party in Washington at the home of an Australian diplomat when the discussion turned to the threat of the Islamic State.

“It suddenly just occurred to me, if you add everything up, that these guys could win,” he said. It is a controversial notion, he explained, because the group’s graphic brutality, which it showcases to the world in gory videos released through social media, has fed a sense that its demise is inevitable because it is so evil.

“Evil isn’t always defeated,” he said.

Vprašanje. Bomo lahko živeli s takšno tvorbo, kot je Islamska država? Brez obsežnejšega posredovanja s kopenskimi silami bo bržkone preživela. Če bo preživela, bo svojo radikalno ideologijo še naprej izvažala po vsem svetu.

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