Civil Wars Are Not Civil | Links & Comments | 3.7.2016

There is often some bizarre connection to adjacent items in my RSS news reader or Twitter stream. The following three stories all appeared about the same time in my RSS feed. They seem related. But none reference the other, so I guess they are just coincidence. However, as any New York Times reporter knows when you see three items that mention “civil war” the same day, it’s enough to justify a trend story. However, I looked at when I saw these items earlier today and saw nothing referencing a mutiny, civil war or Bin Laden warnings.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 6.20.08 PMNPR | Osama Bin Laden Warned Of Civil War Between Jihadi Groups | Video Shows Dozens of Fighters “Deserting” ISIS in Syria
Jerusalem Post | ISIS gunmen stage mutiny, kill local commander in de facto capital

Here is NPR’s 4-minute story about the predictions of  civil war among competiting groups of jihadists found in Bin Laden’s compound during the raid by the Navy Seals:

donald-trump-michael-bloombergFormer Mayor Bloomberg says he won’t run an independent race for President because if could potentially help Trump.


“(Trump) has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears. Abraham Lincoln, the father of the Republican Party, appealed to our ‘better angels.’ Trump appeals to our worst impulses.”

04-trump-chait.w529.h352Speaking of excoriating Trump, this quote today in an essay by Jonathan Chait on the New York Magazine’s website is near poetic:

“Whether or not Donald Trump the human being is intelligent, there’s no question that ‘Donald Trump,’ presidential candidate, is not. His entire campaign operatestrump4well below the level of rational thought — it’s all boasting, absurd promises, repetitive sloganeering, and abuse. Just as email scammers intentionally salt their messages with typos in order to weed out anyone educated enough to see through their swindle, allowing them to focus on the most gullible, Trump seems to consciously repel anyone possessed of a brain.”