The tragic events yesterday in Paris are, of course, an aspect of that “havoc” that Pogany sees as the theme of the 21st century. It probably needs no mention or commentary on my part, but I thought that I would try to put “Daesh” (ISIS) in context, as a lost cause that is at war with the whole world. Some have painted Daesh as a novel terrorist and or political phenomenon, which it isn’t. There are precedents for it in history.
Daesh is already a lost cause for having picked fights on far too many fronts, internally and externally — including, bizarrely, against Hezbollah, the Taliban, and even al-Qaeda. Under those circumstances, how can the “Caliphate” prevail at all? It is already a lost cause.
There are reactionary precedents for Daesh as “lost cause”. There were the Nazi “werevolves” that terrorised Germans and the Allies both after the fall of the Third Reich. Another precedent was the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) after the fall of the southern Confederacy in the American Civil War. I see Daesh is being the same kind of formation and phenomenon — a lost cause that, nonetheless, can and will cause mayhem until it finally squanders and exhausts itself.
Oddly enough, although someone must have drawn those comparisons, I haven’t read any such comparisons in print.