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Gary Olson: Is it worthwhile to send U.S. troops to fight Islamic State?

Gary Olson: Is it worthwhile to send U.S. troops to fight Islamic State?

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is a savage, heinous entity whose origins remain largely unknown to Americans. I suspect this can be clarified by linking ISIS to policies adopted by Saudi Arabia and United States. First, why have elements within Saudi Arabia's ruling elite provided financial backing to ISIS? Alastair Crooke, a British expert on political Islam, believes part of the answer is that ISIS ideology is virtually identical to the worldview embraced by many Saudis. In 1741, the Ibn Saud clan joined forces with Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of an especially fanatical version of Islam. Together, they brutally gained control over most of the Arabian...

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