Then what are we fighting for?

The title above is a quote by Winston Churchill. Supposedly, it’s what he answered when he was asked to cut arts and culture budgets in light of the expensive war he was fighting. I think it befits the current hysteria about young people who grew up in the west joining Islamic State (IS) even better.

The inevitable struggle?

The article in last week’s Time magazine¬†was quite certain of it. Iraq’s ISIS conflict was an ongoing thing between Sunni and Shi’i factions in the Islamic world. An inevitable struggle that the US and the West should never have meddled with. But is it?The evidence for that conclusion appears to be sound. Under Sunni leader […]

Gordian Knot

Iraq is the one thing binding our trio this week. They each choose different ways to disentangle the gordian knot that Iraq represents (in close collaboration with other countries in the region). But it’s not easy to even clarify the ISIS phenomenon. German Der Spiegel focusses on the leading man of the terror organization ISIS, […]