Magical Thinking about Isis

By Adam Shatz – London Review of Books

In a wide-ranging essay in the LRB, Adam Shatz, discusses the causes and repercussions of the recent Daesh (ISIS) attacks in Paris. Among many points he states that a shift in France under Hollande towards a more interventionist posture in the Muslim world. Shatz goes on to show how in its war against the Sykes-Picot frontiers, IS echoes the neoconservatives who have always viewed the post-Ottoman borders as artificial constructs.

Yet while the Gulf states, Turkey, Hizbullah, the Russians, the Americans, have had a hand in creating this monster.  But apart from the Kurds, no one seems to want to fight it.  read more

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