Predictably, the U.S. mainstream media has figured out a way to put the country in the middle of the ISIS conflict. It’s always just a matter of time before the American media feels left out of conflicts a world away. In this case, CBS has found its willing contributor to frame the conflict in a way viewers can relate in Juan Zarate, a national security adviser under former President George W. Bush. He even coins a new term: “Jihadapalooza”, merging together the struggle of Muslims to defend their beliefs with the three-day drunkfest music festival (jihad and Lollapalooza for those who don’t know).
Former CIA Director Michael Morell told “CBS This Morning” earlier this month that ISIS’ first goal is “to set up that caliphate and, it’s not just in Iraq and in Syria.”
“Their second goal then is to use that as a safe haven to attack the United States,” he warned.
Zarate then goes on to describe the casual nature of fighting in the conflict.
Another ugly complication is Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose repeated atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons, have provided a rallying point for jihadists fighting his regime.
Some would-be fighters are drawn even drawn to a “Jihadapalooza” dimension to the fight, Zarate said.
“You have fighters going in for just a weekend, to say they’ve been there – the rock stars – and so they touch the conflict…and they come back out,” he said. “It’s kind of a sexy, romantic dimension to this.”
But as the danger grows, Zarate said, so does the need for a “concerted [counterterrorism] campaign with this as the focus.”
“I just wonder if we’ve got the energy for it,” he worried.
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