“Managing Savagery”: ISIS’s Phased Program Of Control

Observers of political and military events in the Middle East cannot fail to notice the extreme violence of ISIS’s methods.  Whether they are seeking to control a local population, or engaging in combat operations against an armed foe, ISIS members do not hesitate for an instant to adopt the most brutal tactics.  In the cultural sphere the militant group has been similarly ruthless:  it thinks nothing of obliterating the historical and cultural treasures of the regions it has occupied.  Is there a method to this madness?  Is it part of some coordinated strategic vision, or is it the blind ignorance of a group of nameless savages?

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