Over forty jeeps loaded with young men dressed in black entered the small Syrian town of Derna, the young men of the town were ordered to appear, they were informed of the necessity to shout their faith in the new leaders of their village, and ISIS claimed another victory in Syria. Naturally, the Western world is upset at the capture of a small town in Syria by those seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East, and then in the world. The reality is that this is a small town, it is not a significant town, it is more of a village than a town, but the US will now become upset. We can expect Fox News pundits who don’t have the faintest idea where the town is, but are certain this is yet another example of the failed Obama foreign policy in the Middle East.
Over in Pakistan, an important al-Qaeda leader, Adnan Shjukrijumah was killed by the Pakistan army. He had previously been indicted in the US for planing to plant explosives on the New York City subway. The reality that America fails to grasp is that killing an important terrorist simply means that a different terrorist will step up to assume leadership. That is the reality of modern guerrilla warfare. It was true in Vietnam a half century ago, and it is true today.