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Never in my adult life have I ever experienced in the Middle East and the Western world anything like the prevailing disjunction today between the ISIS threat that preoccupies all publics and governments, and the apparent inability of political systems to deal with it coherently. This is a problem everywhere, and I mean literally everywhere, in the world, making Arabs, Americans Europeans, Israelis, Russians, Iranians and all other concerned people equal partners in this astounding example of collective political and strategic transcontinental incompetence.Take It included: several news stories about the latest Islamist terror attack in Mali, the aftermath of the Paris attacks last week and ISIS networks in Belgium; opinion columns about how to respond to ISIS threats; a story about Hillary Clinton's strategy for dealing with ISIS; a story on Russia's concerns about growing ISIS links in the Caucasus region; assorted items linked to American state governors' debate about allowing or forbidding Syrian refugees from settling in their states; ideas from broadly bizarre Republican presidential contenders about Muslims having to register in the United States; an editorial about how to respond to ISIS, and other bits and pieces.This disproportionate amount of attention to ISIS terror threats is typical of the American public realm that I have experienced in the last two months in the country.
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