Collective perception, the status quo, and the escalation of conflicts

Four years ago I wrote a brief reaction to a CNN news report of yet another deadly attack in Iraq. It had been just one of many similar attacks over the years since the 2003 invasion. When the article was published in 2012, ISIS as we know it today did not exist. The continued deterioration in Iraq (and later Syria) over the subsequent years provided the breeding ground for Al-Qaeda in Iraq to emerge as ISIS. And the rest is, sadly, familiar history. Continue reading “Collective perception, the status quo, and the escalation of conflicts”