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What is making the Islamic State a stronger foe?

"Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz (C) attends an inauguration ceremony in central Riyadh, March 10, 2013."  Read more:
"Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz (C) attends an inauguration ceremony in central Riyadh, March 10, 2013." Read more:
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American generals and leaders are going out of their way to show respect for the Islamic State as an enemy. Why is that? Is it for American public consumption to convince citizens that the nation must confront the situation aggressively, and that it might take redeploying troops? That might be it, but Americans are not ignorant. They are well aware of the danger. They are also aware that our sitting government is working very well at much of anything. That may create as much fear as the Islamic State.

When you read reports that the enemy is equipped with the Internet and cell phones, so you see that as a strength or weakness? It seems to me that therein lies weaknesses to be exploited.

The most important strategic factor is to determine how the Islamic State is being funded and armed. Cutting off funding and arms will deplete their strength and make them vulnerable to elimination. Make no mistake, letting this enemy escape from the battlefield alive is not an option. Neither is it an option to cart thousands of prisoners from the battlefield for transport to a remote and detached detention camp.

This enemy is different from conventional enemies in that their ideology commits them to suicide mission that they believe leads to martyrdom. Part of the offensive against them is an education campaign about the inhumane nature of that belief system that is at the foundation if Islam, apparently. Is that the truth or a distortion?

Religious debates about whether or not martyrdom is sinful or not is not relevant to the main humanitarian idea. That is, belief systems that are fundamentally intolerant of others are inherently unacceptable to life in the free world.

So, who are fueling the fight against the free world and humanity?

According to a report from The Hill, Al Qaeda in Yemen known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is supporting the Islamic State. That means that there are entities in Yemen who are funding and arming them.

According to Haaretz, Germany's development aid minister, “Gerd Mueller accuses Qatar of funding the Islamic State Germany has also said it is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni militant group in northern Iraq.”

Is Qatar an ally or an enemy? Is it a frenemy?

American foreign policy has allowed for the U.S. to walk with its enemies. Why? The primary reason is that America is corrupted by Big Oil and corporations. If America and the free world economy was independent from foreign oil, primarily the Middle East, the nation would have greater latitude in standing for its principles. As it is, Americans are forced to compromise. Perhaps, American foreign policy has reached a point where compromising the enemy over liberty, freedom, and tolerance is over. The American defense of freedom must be resolute.

The Saudi spy chief opposes the Islamic State.

"New Saudi spy chief confronts 'Islamic State'

With the al-Qaeda spin-off Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) now virtually on its northern border, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has appointed a new spy master and a new special envoy for the kingdom. The appointments also strengthen the king’s hand in the succession process."

"Islamic State goes beyond a terror group with its tactics

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY 1:33 p.m. EDT August 22, 2014

BAGHDAD — In confronting Islamic State militants in Iraq, the United States and its allies are facing, for the first, a terrorist group equipped like a conventional army.

The militants' conventional firepower and mobility have allowed the group to seize and hold large swaths of territory in Iraq.

"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the group's former title. "They're beyond just a terrorist group.""

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