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Expert: ISIS’ goal is the self-destruction of western countries

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe so-called Islamic State or Da’esh does not look for ways to defeat us; they look for a way to make us defeat one another. Once this is done, Da’esh will have accomplished its goal, believes Joseph Shaheen of NATO StratCom COE.

In regards to terrorists’ goals and long-term plans, Shaheen, who has recently taken part in The Riga StratCom Dialogue: Perception Matters panel, said terrorists wish to prolong the war until the point western states start making mistakes. «For example, how much money does Da’esh need to spend in order to feed a single soldier? Only a few thousand dollars, because they don’t need to spend large amounts of money on weapons, armour, equipment, training or education. They don’t have to provide their soldiers with social guarantees or pay for their healthcare. Why? Because all they need to do is strap on a bomb and that’s it – they’re dead,» – said the expert.

As a comparison, Shaneen mentioned that one U.S. soldier costs the state approximately 100,000 – 150,000 dollars annually. «It has a major impact on western economies, because they have to provide larger and better armies. The more people work in the military sector, the fewer people remain to manufacture goods. This reduces economic growth rates,» – he said, adding that a bubble would form in the military sphere over time, and this could potentially give rise to all kinds of risks, including military uprising, revolution or destabilization of the democratic system.

The expert also added that USA is not politically prepared to send its military forces to combat Da’esh. With that, it is planned to continue strategic air strikes. «I don’t have access to confidential and secret materials, but from the outside it seems that we’re not doing enough in terms of propaganda. One thing is certain – Da’esh are not crazy, they know they cannot beat USA,» – said Shaheen. He added that terrorists are excellent strategists – while western countries make plans for the next couple of decades, they make plans for the next couple of centuries.

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