They were officially annihilated, the big and small matchmakers of the new universal Caliphate, those who live off permanent holy war. We had forgotten the children of planetary terror, hunted by Kurds and American bombs, reduced to a few dozen missing in the deserts of Syria and Iraq. Killed the leaders, lost the cities of their ferocious statist recitation, they survived stoking tiny local conflicts, little more than stories of marauders and clan revenge. To search for their attacks, one had to go down to irrelevant areas of the world: Mozambique Sahel North of Nigeria. Victims that did not interest us, the only reassuring clarification was: there are no foreigners. A residual world of peripheral, isolated, vanquished.
When we touched the edge of the abyss, medals were distributed, toasted to the annihilation of the Monster. We drop anchor, we won, Isis is no more, the Intelligence and the experts with high speculative tailoring guaranteed: the black flags, the pick-up parades, the scenographic executions, the universal threats are gone. After all, a bizarre theme song of people sunk in the past and with only words of a time gone by on their lips. The thesis that Evil is an accident prevails.
Another imaginary miracle, yet another. Based on the decrepit idea that without a territory the Caliphate disappears. While the Caliphate is an Idea that exists, resists and harms in various forms. Experience had to teach us that the Islamic revolution silently blossoms like an iron flower, has with it an incoercible power to undo. The winning weapon of planetary jihad is precisely its multiplication. There are no peripheral holy war theaters. The satanization of the West and of Islam for them false and liar allows a global, unforgivable, definitive aggression. Which gorges itself on the mistakes of others, greedily swallows the toxic substances sown by us in various areas of the planet, distributes chaos and takes care of it in a mixture of tradition and modernity. A strategy in which there are no definitive defeats, only retreats, repositioning, opportunities for new ambushes, even more greedy targets. He disappears, the caliphate dilutes in an impalpable universal war looking for a new front. The Western soldier fights for what he is, the integralist of Isis fights to be. It is not a nuance, but it eludes us.
We no longer saw them because we tried not to see them. We live in appearance and appearance. And they were in Cabo Delgado almost at the bottom of Africa, in the immense Sahel, in the Gulf of Guinea to boil old miseries, to raise hatred, to enlist other suicide bombers and warriors. We have not yet understood that they are not interested in the extension of territories, they are interested in men, obedience to death, souls. A demonicity without borders.
They had been in Afghanistan for years, a perfect place: Westerners in evident retreat, an Islam where the fundamentalist eruption is as old as that of the Wahhabis of Arabia, and then weapons war misery. Hates are not latent or lukewarm, there is no need to heat them to white heat. It is true: the Taliban are warriors of a fierce but tenaciously local god, universal wars do not interest them, it is enough to chase the foreigner away. The alliance with the “Arabs”, Bin Laden’s men, in the past cost them their destruction. But the Americans have never made distinctions, bombs above all, the war on terror is black and white, no shades.
The caliph al Baghdadi did not want faithful allies, like all nascent totalitarianisms he wanted subjects who swore an oath of obedience. AND the Taliban do not obey any foreigners. But Isis knows how to read the local reality, she embroiders on the same patterns: the Taliban quarreled, fiercely, for power, it was enough to take advantage of it. The discontented, the defeated, the tough were ready to convert to an even greater cause, to their displays of calculated savagery.
Alongside the Uzbeks, the Chechens, the Pakistanis under the black flags, here are the Afghan recruits. To the right of the Taliban stands a fearsome, greedy and unscrupulous competitor while we chatter about moderate or extremist Taliban. The Taliban want the Americans to leave, ISIS needs them to stay because it is only in the permanent war that opportunities can multiply, their jihad stay alive. AND leaving the West between a dying past and a distressing future.