When the Necessary Is Impossible, by Tom Friedman – The New York Times

“ISIS is a rocket whose guidance system is a direct descendant of the puritanical, anti-Shiite, anti-pluralistic Saudi Wahhabi ideology, and its fuel system is a direct reaction to Shiite Iran’s aggressive push to keep Iraqi Sunnis permanently weak. As long as Iran and Saudi Arabia are going at it, there will always be another ISIS. Which is why the “peace process” the Middle East needs most today is between Saudi Arabia and Iran.”

Source: When the Necessary Is Impossible – The New York Times

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape – The New York Times

“QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.“I kept telling him it hurts — please stop,” said the girl, whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. “He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God,” she said in an interview alongside her family in a refugee camp here, to which she escaped after 11 months of captivity.Continue reading the main storyRelated Coverage Yazidi Girls Seized by ISIS Speak Out After EscapeNOV. 14, 2014 Alex, a 23-year-old Sunday school teacher from rural Washington State, spent hours a day online learning about Islam from supporters of the Islamic State. ISIS and the Lonely Young AmericanJUNE 27, 2015 Persecuted Yazidis Again Caught in Larger StruggleAUG. 11, 2014 Aishan Ali Saleh, 40, at a refugee camp. She had lived in Kojo, one of the southernmost villages on Mount Sinjar, which was overrun by Islamic State fighters. Kidnapping and Sex Slavery: Covering ISIS’ Religious Justification for RapeAUG. 14, 2015The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.”

Source: ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape – The New York Times

#You Ain’t No American, Bro. Donald Trump is doing real damage to America’s ability to lead a coalition, the only vehicle that can effectively address ISIS. nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman

Tom Friedman: “What Obama also has right is that old saying: “If you’re in a poker game and you don’t know who the sucker is, it’s probably you.” That’s the game we’re in in Iraq and Syria. All our allies for a coalition to take down ISIS want what we want, but as their second choice.

Kurds are not going to die to liberate Mosul from ISIS in order to hand it over to a Shiite-led government in Baghdad; they’ll want to keep it. The Turks primarily want to block the Kurds. The Iranians want ISIS crushed, but worry that if moderate Sunnis take over its territory they could one day threaten Iran’s allies in Iraq and Syria. The Saudi government would like ISIS to disappear, but its priority right now is crushing Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. And with 1,000 Saudi youth having joined ISIS as fighters — and with Saudi Arabia leading the world in pro-ISIS tweets, according to a recent Brookings study — the Saudi government is wary about leading the anti-ISIS fight. The Russians pretend to fight ISIS, but they are really in Syria to protect Bashar al-Assad and defeat his moderate foes.

It’s not exactly the D-Day alliance. It’s a deck full of jokers, none of whose priority is defeating ISIS and replacing it with a multi-sectarian democracy in Iraq and Syria, which is our goal.”…

Donald Trump is doing real damage to America’s ability to lead a coalition, the only vehicle that can effectively address ISIS.
nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman

After Paris Attacks, Vilifying Refugees – The New York Times

“Battening down the hatches is often an impulsive and politically expedient response to terrorism attacks. Predictably, the harrowing scenes of carnage in Paris on Friday are fueling calls to shut down borders and halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Western nations.Senator Marco Rubio, a leading Republican presidential candidate, said the United States should stop taking in Syrian refugees. Jeb Bush, another Republican candidate, suggested, idiotically, that it might be O.K. to admit only Christians. Several governors announced that their states would not accept Syrian refugees. Republicans on Capitol Hill are expected this week to push for legislation that would block President Obama’s initiative to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees next year.”

Source: After Paris Attacks, Vilifying Refugees – The New York Times

This is a good editorial by the NYT, until the end when they write: “Surely America can offer a smarter and more generous response than Mr. Rubio’s fearmongering. In a televised interview over the weekend, he warned, darkly, that “you can have 1,000 people come in and 999 of them are just poor people fleeing oppression and violence, but one of them is an ISIS fighter.” That’s nonsense. America last year admitted 1,682 Syrian refugees — an embarrassingly small number for the largest refugee crisis since World War II.”
I’m not sure what it means, or that it makes any sense. Rubio’s point is not nonsense, but perhaps it plays into what the terrorists want.
The great points before this paragraph still stand. I will add my two cents. I think the terrorists want the world to stop accepting Syrian refugees. They need these young men and their families in Syria, where they can support the war economy, and be forced to become soldiers and or terrorists. ISIS needs their population, and plenty of out of work  young men. For the world to help them escape ISIS, we are depriving ISIS of these people and protecting them, as long as we don’t so mistreat these refugees, as to turn all the young men into future terrorists.

The arrests of a young couple suspected of trying to travel from Mississippi to Syria to join the Islamic State have confounded their friends and neighbors. nytimes.com|By Richard Fausset

Putting people in jail too quickly is an epidemic in this country. These young people need supervision and observation, but they do not necessarily need either jail time, or any punishment that prevents them to move back towards participating in the US society.
Somehow, we need to use a category like probation, especially for young people who make poor choices. Young people should be allowed and encouraged to serve their probations while continuing their higher education. In this instance, removing their passports, and if deemed necessary, applying ankle gps bracelets, and mandated counseling should be enough.
If we throw such people in jail, with their futures here destroyed, we are guaranteeing ISIS terrorists in the future.

The arrests of a young couple suspected of trying to travel from Mississippi to Syria to join the Islamic State have confounded their friends and neighbors.
nytimes.com|By Richard Fausset