Mark Collins – The US and ISIS: James Cagney and Not “Over There”

A post written on July 4th, for what that’s worth, as to how American self-valuation seems to have changed (whatever one may think of the reasons, good or bad, therefor):

How the Western world keeps changing.  Ceding to those with a terrible certainty:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity…

Let us just, in the West, be honest about not willing to die to kill the Caliphate.  Whilst we hope–and pray?–that some locals whom we may find in some fashion acceptable (what conceit and arrogance) are prepared to do the dirty dying work.  On the other hand Westerners could just give up on our effectively inconsequential rhetoric and actions and admit that those locals will have at it.  And we will just protect ourselves and our practical, oil, interests.

Some “Independence Day” this year.  And some country, formerly known as a Dominion, for which almost nothing no more is worth it.  One harps on Der Untergang des Abendlandes; one hopes one is wrong.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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