It has been mentioned that what is deep down inside of us as core convictions does count, but it is what we do with these core convictions that ultimately defines us. A flanking statement to this could be that it does not say definitely what one is, or may or may not be, but the company one chooses to keep is also a defining trait too. This is one of those defining actions that provides substance to our life stories. Daesh has grabbed the attention of everyone in the globe not only by their sheer willingness to do the unthinkable but the sheer qualitative excellence of what is, and has always been, a brutal intelligence and surveillance organization. They focus on surveillance of all in their occupied territory and expand their hold at all costs.

For example in daesh, those individuals responsible for training the "Sharia judges in intelligence gathering" also report to a district emir, while a separate department of "security officers" are assigned to the regional emir. It was, and is, of absolute importance for daesh to know everything, but at the same time, the group wanted to deceive everyone about its true aims. And the principal founder of daesh, Haji Bakr a former Colonel in Iraqi Air Force Intelligence, was merely rebranding what he had learned in the past: Saddam Hussein's omnipresent security apparatus, in which no one, not even generals in the intelligence service, could be certain they weren't being spied on. As an organization they have successfully instilled the discipline to get others to do the unthinkable for them, which among other things is one the chief hallmarks of their sadistic degeneracy. It is here where this subject be expanded. First, let us pose a relevant and rather down-to-earth question. Who has seen benefits, or has benefitted, from the effects of having daesh in Syria in Iraq for the past few years? Or to put it more succinctly what has happened since daesh emerged into The Sunni Arab World? Perhaps before we continue one should consider a fantastic piece of advice that is completely applicable to today and specifically speaking this writing: Which is one should beware of the pitfalls of conventional wisdom.

To the first question, well who has benefitted from the presence of daesh in Syria and Iraq? Well to answer that let us see what has happened. The measure of any good intelligence operation is not where it begins, but how it ends and who benefits from the material acquired by the operatives. So what has happened? The areas where daesh is at are Sunni areas. Daesh is not in Shia areas, and has not made any serious attempts to strike Shia held areas of Syria and Iraq. Anyone recall their offensive for Damascus or Basra? Conventional wisdom says that as a Sunni-led organization that their number one enemy would be Shia but the vast majority of those slaughtered by daesh are Sunni, not Shia. And these images of individuals, families, children fleeing en masse to Europe, well just who are these individuals? Predominantly Muslims of Sunni faith. Not Shia. How many predominantly-Shia held areas have fallen to daesh? At last check Aleppo, Raqqa, Mosul, Tal Afar, Fallujah, Ramadi, and Tikrit (just to name a few) and countless other villages are lands that Sunni Arabs have lived on for generations. And the majority of the military-age males who are in Syria or Iraq are either fighting in the brutal combat of the front lines against The Butcher of Damascus being bled white, or fleeing abroad for safety. But again, who would benefit from the fleeing of military-age males from The Sunni Arab World? One of the first actions taken after the fall of Baghdad in 2003 were the targeted killings of former Iraqi Air Force pilots. This was an effort by Tehran to decapitate the officer corps and pilots of Iraq so that they could not be used against Tehran in the future. The Sunni Arab World was beginning to recover, somewhat but it was there in small steps, from The Second Gulf War when daesh came along, and it seems that more than any of the points listed above what daesh is very good at is destabilizing Sunni lands and forcing Sunnis to flee en masse. What we have, is a Shia resettlement of Sunni lands. If you can understand what the purpose of killing Iraqi Air Force Pilots and who benefitted from it then it is not too unfathomable intellectually to see how Tehran would be able to further consolidate their power in Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut by destabilizing the Sunni world to a point where those people most immediately affected by the violence of daesh would choose to trundle their belongings, leave their ancestral homelands with no real idea of where the journey may end, often in despair with no real hope, so that they can guarantee that their loved ones will not perish courtesy of sadistic impulses at the hands of a monster.

Who else has benefitted from the presence of daesh? Let us transfer our focus to Damascus. Why has Damascus been so indifferent to the loss of a province and its provincial capital? Why has not any effort been made to reclaim any of the lands held by daesh? Why does the regular Syrian Army work with daesh to attack those honorable and principled opposition to The Butcher of Damascus? And look where the focus and tone is now regarding the international community and The United Nations via-a-via Syria. After killing some 300,000 people, using rape, murder, barrel bombs, chemical weapons, and anything else that will murder suddenly we have to sit with this individual to find out how to transition from power? When was the last time anyone in the international community went to Baba Amr to see what happened there? Hama or Homs? As if he was the aggrieved one and that took a measured response to the simple aspirations of his people. And now we have to sit with Moscow and Tehran to discuss a transition away from a tyrant who has obviously lost all legitimacy at home and in the region too? As you can see his image has improved somewhat since all of this has started. He's no longer the Asad who gave us the shahiba either. He’s not even the Asad who uses chemical weapons on civilians anymore. Cluster Bombs are not legally permissible ordinance, but doesn't stop Damascus and Moscow from profligately using them. Asad and his regime, along with their masters in Moscow and Tehran, are like a fireman who has responded to a blazing inferno in a building where it seems all is lost. When other people arrive on the scene to help the guy dressed in a fireman’s uniform (who was there on the scene first) nobody stops to ask the cynical question: What if this guy dressed in the fireman’s uniform actually started this fire and is asking us to come here to put it out so that it will destroy all evidence linking him to the inferno?

Those in charge of training the "Sharia judges in intelligence gathering" also reported to the district emir, while a separate department of "security officers" was assigned to the regional emir. Sharia, the courts, prescribed piety -- all of this served a single goal: surveillance and control. Even the word that Bakr used for the conversion of true Muslims, takwin, is not a religious but a technical term that translates as "implementation," a prosaic word otherwise used in geology or construction. Still, 1,200 years ago, the word followed a unique path to a brief moment of notoriety.

Shiite alchemists used it to describe the creation of artificial life. In his ninth century "Book of Stones," the Persian Jabir Ibn Hayyan wrote -- using a secret script and codes -- about the creation of a homunculus. "The goal is to deceive all, but those who love God." That may also have been to the liking of Islamic State strategists, although the group views Shiites as apostates who shun true Islam. But for Haji Bakr, God and the 1,400-year-old faith in him was but one of many modules at his disposal to arrange as he liked for a higher purpose. Bakr was merely modifying what he had learned in the past: Saddam Hussein's omnipresent security apparatus, in which no one, not even generals in the intelligence service, could be certain they weren't being spied on There is a simple reason why in Bakr’s writings of prophecies relating to the establishment of an Islamic State allegedly ordained by God: He believed that fanatical religious convictions alone were not enough to achieve victory. But he did believe that the faith of others could be exploited.

One multiple-page report, for example, carefully lists all of the pretexts IS could use to justify the seizure of the largest flour mill in northern Syria. It includes such excuses as alleged embezzlement as well as the ungodly behavior of the mill's workers. The reality -- that all strategically important facilities like industrial bakeries, grain silos and generators were to be seized and their equipment sent to the caliphate's unofficial capital Raqqa -- was to be kept under wraps.

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