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18 9, 2:05am
I said a large portion lies at the hands of the US. Not all of it by any means.
The only reason ISIS exists is because we created a mid-east power vacuum after explicitly ousting Saddam, and implicitly doing so for Qaddafi, Mukarak, Assad, etc.
Had saddam stayed in power, he would have destroyed much of what is ISIS today, and worked as a buffer against an increasingly aggressive Iran. Stable evil > unstable evil, in the same way that a burning house is better than a wildfire.