This is an interesting read from the New York Times that I found this morning. Whatever the future holds in this ideological battle for control there will be certainly many more deaths that will spur people on both sides to hunker down and become more determined and militant. The valley of death is coming soon and to a town near you.
“I have said it repeatedly: Because of these prophecies, going in on the ground would be the worst trap to fall into. They want troops on the ground. Because they have already envisioned it,” said Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po in Paris, and the author of “Apocalypse in Islam,” one of the main scholarly texts exploring the scripture that the militants base their ideology on.
“It’s a very powerful and emotional narrative. It gives the potential recruit and the actual fighters the feeling that not only are they part of the elite, they are also part of the final battle.”