“The reality is, [Isis] loathes that individuals are fleeing Syria for Europe. It undermines [Isis’s] message that its self-styled caliphate is a refuge.”Remember, the whole ISIS conceit is that they’re building an Islamic paradise that transcends national borders. So how does it look for them when hundreds of thousands of Muslims are fleeing their advances?
It looks like shit, that’s how it looks. Why do you think the Soviets and eastern Europe built walls and guarded their borders against defections? Same reason.
If ISIS could, they’d build their own walls, but that’s difficult given the tenuous grasp on their territories and the need to funnel all their cash into funding and feeding their army. So what’s the next best thing? To dry up places for their people to flee to.
So congrats, GOP! Not only are you supporting their biggest source of funding, but you are helping them limit their defections. In return, ISIS gets to scare Republicans, since they are addicted to being scared.
It’s quite the symbiotic relationship, actually.