This is an insane moment in time.
I am not sure that my late friend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. could have imagined this scenario.
I don't even think that Philip K. Dick's most twisted imagination could come up with this.
On the one hand, we have this unimaginably grotesque, brutal, and Koranically-inspired organization filling the power vacuum in Iraq, Syria, and, possibly, now Libya.
On the other hand, we have Iran.
This means that the Islamic State (IS) or ISIS or, as President Barack Obama says, ISIL, is moving into north Africa.
This is hardly surprising. Where the heck else is this thing going to go? And, make no mistake, before the little bastards get crushed they are going to have to keep moving in order to fulfill their 7th century Calisyphilitic ideology. If they wish to imitate that Muhammad Fellow - from back in the day - they need military conquest as a sign of divine approval.
So long as they can keep on killing, it must mean that Allah is appreciative.
Thus they are happily going about slaughtering the infidels - which apparently include Shias - and chopping off heads and burning people alive and burying living children in mass graves.
Although the morally vacant western left turns a blind eye, this is unquestionably the most horrific political movement that I have seen as an adult. The only thing that comes close, to my mind, in terms of sheer brutality were those humanitarians in Cambodia during and after the Vietnam War. Of course, the Khmer Rouge did not ground their ideology in religious texts, nor did they advertise their atrocities in glossy magazines.
But, do not fear.
The Islamic State does not have a chance.
The reason for this is because the surrounding Islamic regimes want nothing to do with these horrendous barbarians. In Iran they may hang Gay people from cranes or stone women to death for adultery or fling children to their deaths as a front-line force against Saddam Hussein's old regime in Iraq, but they are certainly not going to allow the Junior Varsity squad to eat their lunch.
Iran will take care of ISIS... at least in Iraq.
What we are witnessing is the invasion of Iraq by Iran, with the collusion of US President Barack Obama.
This insane moment in time is key because it is pointing toward an unspoken, but major, international political realignment.
What President of the United States, Barack Obama, seems to want to do is partner with Iran. There is a certain not-entirely-unreasonable logic to this. Obama, under the tutelage of Khalidi and Said, understands that the United States is a western imperial power that is hostile to the well-being of non-Anglos throughout the world. Thus Barack Obama is dragging the United States away from its previous history of alleged imperial exploitation.
Obama seeks to partner with Iran because it is better to have friends in that part of the world than not, and Israel, although a stabilizing force, is also part of the colonial, imperial, western, whatever-it-is that Obama opposes. Obama despises Israel not so much because he is anti-Semitic, but out of a scholarly loathing of white, western, imperial regimes.
He sees Israel as a western penetration of the Muslim Middle East.
He sees Israel as an interloper upon the land and lives of innocent "indigenous" peoples. This is the main reason that Obama despises Israel and is, therefore, willing to allow Iran to get the bomb and become the hegemonic power throughout that part of the world.
He wants, in his mind, to do good.