Did ISIS Cause Brexit? You bet it did!
Yes, ISIS drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union.
What brought on Brexit? Scratch the surface lightly and you will find ISIS.
Voters in the United Kingdom found themselves part of a European Union (EU) set on dividing the responsibility for the world's 65 million refugees and displaced persons among its members in a demonstration of human kindness, as well as in an effort to keep any few member states from having to carry a disproportionate burden of that kindness.
Those 65 million suffering members of the human race facing hunger, thirst, and health problems, with uncertain futures as well as fear and terror, were risking their lives to reach the offered safe havens the EU represented to them.
ISIS caused the massive influx, and as Britons saw the clamor for relief as refugees sought to smuggle themselves into the UK, visions of a mandate from the EU to do their share in this human tragedy was seen as threatening their own jobs and social systems.
Their answer? "We want out!" Brexit prevailed sending the EU and much of the world into a turmoil only ISIS in their wildest euphoria could have imagined.
Was America complicit? Did failing to give early support to the Syrian opposition and withdrawing from Iraq, failing to react to the Syrian dictator's use of chemical weapons against the opposition and a resulting Russian coddling to the dictator's demands, push the mass of Syrian refugees onto the world stage?
There seems little question that the Eu and the USA failed to react as effectively as ISIS did.
Terrorists thrive on atrocities and well chosen, seemingly random acts of terror. They grow in standing by thumbing their noses at established powers who spend billions to guard against a few zealots with a few bombs killing a few tragic figures, while those 65 million flee for the exits or succumb to their wishes.
"Divide and conquer" is as old a tactic as any the world has known.
The unity of the EU has had its first shattering shock with more likely to come.
Americans who increasingly seek a united stand against ISIS, not to mention to control other emboldened super powers, are now finding their traditional alliances in muddled confusion, while those same allies look with growing concern at an America in its own historic struggle with a nascent isolationism chanting "America first!" and reminiscent of Americans' desire to hunker down as World War II was taking shape.
It looks as if Round 1, and Round 2 go to ISIS by default.
The fight isn't over, but there is turmoil in the defending champions corner as reality sets in.
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