The reaction to the setbacks was yesterday's communication from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS. In the audio message, al-Baghdadi acknowledges:
Then we were struck by hardship and strife ... and God's trial intensified ... so much so that the Islamic State was driven out from areas it conquered and controlled ... and the land has narrowed down on us ... to the point where the Islamic State enemies thought they defeated and exterminated it.Understandably, he also called for all Muslims to join in the fight. And here comes the worst news for ISIS - the reaction of the Muslims. A uniform mockery of the call, with countless hysterical "sorry, busy washing my hair" responses.
Muslims respond to the ISIS call to join the fight. (just a sampling; all responses along these lines) pic.twitter.com/YZAOoy8nOK— Lenny Teytelman (@lteytelman) December 26, 2015
And there goes the entire platform of Trump and the rest of the Republican presidential candidates. If ISIS continues on this trajectory through the next year, chances of electing a Republican will be at zero. Republicans clearly know this too, as Rep. Peter King instantly issued a statement that he disagrees with all evidence (not unusual for a Republican politician) and that ISIS is stronger than ever, and that Islamophobia is as necessary as ever.
So, ISIS is in trouble, and Republicans just as much. Bad for them. Good for us. Great way to end the year.
ISIS call to rise comes at a rather busy time, apparently. (responses to @iyad_elbaghdadi thread, just priceless) pic.twitter.com/OQ02Jxeio5— Lenny Teytelman (@lteytelman) December 26, 2015