Monday, October 20, 2014

Open Letter on Cause of Western Bombing Campaign Against ISIS


Below is an excerpt from an open, anonymous letter to the Foundation for Democratic Advancement on the cause of the western bombing campaign against ISIS:

 "Oil and Israel. That is what modern Middle Eastern geopolitics are usually about. Given the vast energy resources required for western economies, influence and involvement in the Middle East has been of paramount importance for many countries. World oil and gas companies have major investments not just in northern Iraq and Syria, but everywhere in the Middle East (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Iran). ISIS may threaten the stability of these rich oil countries. Also, Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb are considered two of the world’s oil transit chokepoints. If these chokepoints become under the control of ISIS, you can imagine what would happen. As you know Jordan is close to Syria, and I think it is easy for ISIS to invade it if they take over Syria, then you have the Sinai Peninsula (Suez Canal there) and armed tribes and groups who hate the current Egyptian government and may support ISIS."

Oil Transit Points

ISIS Influence in Egypt

ISIS Influence in Egypt1


Questions

Given the excerpt above, why so far are no countries willing to battle ISIS on the ground with troops? 

Is democracy possible in the Middle East when geopolitics trumps everything?

If there was no oil involved with ISIS, how much interest would there be in the organization?

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