August 23, 2014

Is Islamic State the Best Possible Enemy?

Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

It has become popular, in some circles, to refer to them as “the Orcs.” And not just because it’s easier than using their frequently changing English titles – ISIS, ISIL, or simply the Islamic State – but also because their swarms of black-flagged militants, in their campaign of territorial conquest driven by mass ethnic murder, rape, crucifixion, and beheading, resemble not so much anything in modern human history as some spectacle out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gothic bestiary.

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TAGGED: Syria, Iraq, ISIS, Islamic State


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