American military leaders are besides themselves with joy. A drone strike hit a group of men in Iraq and it turns out that one of them was the leader of evil ISIS, the notorious, evil, horrible, brutal Abu Kakr al-Baghdadi. Not only is Baghdadi a bad dadi, but he is also head honcho of the ISIS gang. Remember when President Obama was besides himself with joy as Special Forces shot to death the evil, horrible, brutal guy named Osama bin Laden? Yes, we were promised that once the bad leader was dead then……something was going to happen. We assumed that once the head guy was dead, then…… For over a decade American leaders have been talking big about capturing or killing bad guys. In the end many of them have been killed, wounded, or incapacitated, but the wars go on and on and on.
There is no connection with getting rid of the top guy and ending a civil insurrection. In order to end a civil war, and today, that is what is happening in Iraq and Syria, the people must be offered a new dream. So far, western nations and their “allies” in the Middle East lack a message, let alone a leader. People in the Middle East simply do not believe those in alliance with western powers represent a meaningful future. ISIS can only be defeated with IDEAS. There are no leaders out there or IDEAS to challenge ISIS. We can only celebrate when those emerge in the world of the Middle East.