Are you SURE you’re not talking to a strawman here, because this is the second time that’s happened now.
It’s not the 2nd time, didn’t we already establish that?
This isn’t a straw man either, I’m not being very precise with what I’m saying exactly because I don’t know what your position is exactly (i.e. ‘probably’). Most people I talk to about this don’t seem that knowledgeable about the details, and from what you were hinting at it seemed reasonable to assume you thought the figure was higher than what I think it is.
A straw man is either a deliberate misrepresentation of someone’s argument, or a mistaken or ignorant mischaracterisation of a given argument. If you haven’t provided the full details then I’m going to have to make some assumptions.
How many do you actually think?
Terrorism is not an ‘Islamic’ thing, it’s a predictable response to chaos being created in somebody’s home when combined with immature angry loud people who are more than happy to encourage a person who could have been a farmer to become a murderer.
But the terrorism of ISIS was not created by Iraqi civilians who had been radicalised by the US led removal of Saddam Hussein, in fact they were mostly pretty happy about this at the time. The Iraqi insurgency was lead by foreign fighters who entered into Iraq to fight jihad for doctrinal religious reasons, and sectarian attacks between local Sunni and Shia groups. It is an Islamic thing in as much as those two factors have a significant Islamic character, failure to recognise that is hard to understand really.
And actions that are committed by people who are totally okay with ‘collateral damage’ are a primary reason why we have so much of it going on right now.
Yeah, I don’t think that’s the case at all. Syrians are actually more worried that we’re bombing the wrong people than that we are bombing at all, they don’t see ISIS as as much of an immediate threat to them as Assad’s forces and the Russians, and they kind of have a point, not that I think bombing Assad is the right thing to do, but from their point of view it’s perfectly understandable.