Bombing ISIS is perhaps “the best” thing that we can do right now, or at least it is perceived as being so by the majority of the population. Paris suffered enough, so it is time ISIS did too and as long as we bomb them as hard as possible, people will get that feeling of pride and power that they need to get over the tragedy. But is bombing ISIS effective? Yes, we say that there are advantages about it, but do we actually know if we are getting anything out of it?
The major preconception is that we need to bombard Syria in order to be done with ISIS, but that is not where ISIS is hiding. Sure, its members need to get in touch with the culture, they need to go train there and absorb the knowledge given by the organization’s leaders, but where ISIS I forming and it is slowly growing is amongst us. ISIS are not located somewhere. They are everywhere, or to be more specific, they can appear anywhere.
This is one of the reasons why the war waged on the internet by organizations like Anonymous is of such great importance. ISIS is spreading its culture without boundaries at the moment and the process is very difficult to combat since any account that can be suspended can be reopened under another name minutes later. The war that we wage is not only on the ground, but it is, perhaps mostly, online.
The actual troops that we should be sending out to deal with these organizations are not soldiers, but the people behind social media who can understand and come up with solutions as to how we can fight ISIS online. Yet this is not an easy task either. The world has grown accustomed to making free social media accounts and looking for ways to reduce the freedom of it all is a double-edged debate.
Banning people from social media would make us play right into ISIS’ game: that the world is not what we think it is and that only their ways can free it from tyranny. So the people responsible for these decisions must always look back at how not to make these sorts of mistakes.
Is bombing ISIS effective? It doesn’t really look like it. We do not only need to stop those who are training new recruits. We also need to find a way to stop their culture from being spread. And this should not be done by force, but with reason. After all, the ideas that ISIS are promoting are just wrong.
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