ISIS Is a Monster of Our Own Creation

Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Paul Martin

By BILL BONNER
BONNER & PARTNERS
NOVEMBER 19, 2015

PARIS – Paris was calm last night.

We walked across the River Seine…

We were living in Paris in 2003 when President George W. Bush and his team decided to attack Iraq.

Our misgivings were recorded in the Daily Reckoning e-letter we were writing at the time. As we put it:

The U.S. invasion was arguably the best thing that ever happened to jihadists. It challenged them. It forced them to grow and adapt. Like an oversupply of antibiotics in a New Delhi hospital, U.S. interference has wiped out the weakest of the terrorists and forced others to mutate into much more lethal varieties.

The war in Iraq led to dozens of experiments and innovations — in the art of insurgency as well as in organizational skills and management. What was just a handful of nut-job jihadists a few years ago, under pressure from the U.S. military, has become far more powerful and much less amateurish.

But the worst thing that could come from an aggressive attack, we warned, would be victory. It would encourage even more stomping around where we have no business.

We reported that the French had wisely, in our view, decided to stay out of it and suggested that Americans might be better off out of it too.

This view so infuriated readers that thousands canceled their free subscriptions. One wrote to say he hoped the U.S. would “bomb Paris on its way to Baghdad.”

The Rest…HERE

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