"Oh yes we will," said ISIS.
Even if we militarily defeat ISIS at some point in the future, the only people left in a 10,000 square mile region of Iraq and Syria will be ISIS civilians. Everyone else will be dead or driven out and all of their property blown up, burned, looted and defiled. Even if there are a few thousand Yazidis and Christians left to return to the area, why would they bother?
This is another brilliant strategic move by ISIS. By moving to exterminate everyone else at top speed, they use one of our weaknesses against us - our inability to take quick action. While we dither and discuss, they kill and destroy. Our superior firepower becomes useless in a generational sense. In the end, they may be "defeated" as B-Daddy asserts, but they will still have won. 20, 40, 60 years from now there will be descendants of the ISIS citizens living in that region. There will be no descendants from the dead Christians and Yazidi.
There is such a thing as too late.
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses claimed.If ISIS can kill the children, their long-term victory is assured.
Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul before she fled the city in June, said newborn babies, the sick and the elderly in the Ankawa refugee camp on the outskirts of Irbil are dying from diseases, thirst and malnutrition. Mansour now resides in the camp.