2008 Silliness, 2014 Scariness

2008 Silliness, 2014 Scariness

Fighters with the Islamic State (ISIS) lift high their guns and raise their banner.

Photo: AFP/Getty (via The Telegraph).


 

 

 

As part of a doctoral program in Global Christianity, our cohort is picking over and engaging a litany of books at the numerous intersections of global leadership. One such book, Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World (Release 2.0; W. W. Norton & Co., 2012) "continues to explore the shifting role of the United States in the rapidly changing landscape of world affairs."

While there are many commendable insights in the book—especially relevant for would-be global leaders across many social sectors—occasionally Zakaria's insights were especially off.

In the vein, then, of those high school yearbook prophecies that more often than not get preceded by “Most Likely To __________,” I offer you:

 

Most Likely Analysis of Post-War Iraq to Be Short-Sighted and Almost Silly in 2008 in Light of the Frightening Emergence of the So-Called Islamic State (ISIS) and Its Free-Range Reign of Terror in 2014

 

But to travel in the Middle East these past years is to be struck by how little Iraq’s troubles destabilized the region. Everywhere you go, people angrily denounce the [Iraq] invasion. But where is the actual evidence of regional instability?
— Fareed Zakaria

9 out of 10

9 out of 10

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