Open Democracy: Nafeez Ahmed on How ISIS Wants to Destroy the “Gray Zone” — And How to Defend It

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open democracy logoISIS wants to destroy the ‘grey zone'. Here's how we defend it

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed 16 November 2015

After the Paris attacks, it is imperative that we safeguard this arena of co-existence, where people of all faith and none remain unified on the principles of common humanity.

Nafeez Ahmed
Nafeez Ahmed


While Hollande’s reactionary declaration of war is understandable, it falls into the ideological trap laid by ISIS. France’s new state of emergency grants the government extraordinary powers that effectively put an end to democratic accountability, and give law-enforcement and security agencies unaccountable authority to run amok.

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Never mind that the most senior US military official confirms the Pentagon’s full awareness that its own allies in the anti-ISIS coalition are simultaneously “funding” ISIS while purportedly bombing the group.

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Phi Beta Iota: Single best article we have seen. Names Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Turkey as the key funders and forces that created and support ISIS. Neglects Israeli role but over-all, one of the finest overviews we have seen from the author of important books such as A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It.

See Also:

An American Grand Strategy: Evidence-Based, Affordable, Balanced, Flexible

ISIS Paris Perspectives

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