Did you hear? The Islamic State is all but eliminated militarily. There are still pockets of resistance and the lone wolf terrorists with which to contend, but the brave men and women who fought against the Islamic State should be coming home soon to a heroes’ welcome, right? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe most people aren’t aware that ISIS was defeated because the press essentially didn’t cover it.
National Review’s David French, a veteran, took issue with this. As a journalist, he also pointed some of the blame to his industry.
“Part of the blame still rests with us. Let’s be honest: Panic and fear make for a better story than victory and peace.”
Source: National Review
The announcement came on Saturday. Just three days before the Alabama special election that transfixed the nation, and on the same day that President Trump fact-checked the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, Iraq’s prime minister declared victory in the war against ISIS. Iraq — with indispensable American help — has regained control of its cities and its border with Syria. ISIS has been reduced to a shadow of its former self.
The victory isn’t confined to Iraq. American-allied forces control ISIS’s former capital in Syria, and the world’s largest jihadist army is gone. Bands of insurgents still prowl the countryside, and ISIS cells exist across the world, but the war against the “caliphate” is over. It’s been won.