An impressive (assisted) State/Nation business model

In an age of sinister global trade agreements where the independence of Nation States is increasingly coming under threat from multi-national corporations, it's curious to see a plucky fledgling State bucking the trend and becoming Nation-like.

ISIS, was just a twinkle in the eye in August 2012 when the Pentagon speculated on a possible name and utility. So who would have guessed that in two short years it would develop into a fully formed organisation waging war and capturing vast swathes of territory that straddle Syria and Iraq.

This remarkable growth spurt, deserves a closer look, starting with Noam Chomsky's comment on the victory of 1,300 Islamists over 350,000 Iraqi soldiers during the fall of Mosul in June 2014;  It was a pretty amazing phenomenon, it tells you a lot if you think about it.
This sagely, cryptic crumb-trail has led to a lot more information emerging in recent articles, as to how the young warring State/Nation, ISIS, has achieved so much in such a short time.

Tony Cartalucci turns to Napoleons dictum, An Army marches on it's stomach, before investigating just how supplies are managing to get to the ever lengthening and therefore increasingly precarious ISIS front-line?  Surely both Syria and Iraq forces would utilize their one advantage – air power. But, ISIS’ supply lines run precisely where Syrian and Iraqi air power cannot go. To the north and into NATO-member Turkey, and to the southwest into US allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Meaning: The key to breaking the back of ISIS, is breaking the back of its supply lines. To do that however, and precisely why the conflict has dragged on for so long, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and others would have to eventually secure the borders and force ISIS to fight within Turkish, Jordanian, and Saudi territory – a difficult scenario to implement as nations like Turkey have created de facto buffer zones within Syrian territory which would require a direct military confrontation with Turkey itself to eliminate.

And if waging a war of invasion wasn't enough ISIS are also managing to set up shop along the way, doing a fine export trade in oil and ancient artefacts:
The Islamic State grants licenses for the excavation of ancient sites through its “Diwan al-Rikaz” — a governing body for overseeing resources in the “caliphate.” The body has a department for oil and gas, as well as antiquities.

As the majority of us in the west grapple with brutal austerity cuts and an ever increasing drop in living standards, it's not too far fetched to consider the government will soon be encouraging to the more aggressive business model like the one that ISIS are successfully trail blazing in the Middle East at present (with a fair dollop of outside assistance of course).

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