I am greatly displeased. Tesco, the shop created by Satan for the provisioning of plebs, did not have a single can of Stagg chili. Thus I was forced, FORCED, to walk two hundred metres to Sainsbury’s and buy their own brand stuff. Sadly we have not climbed the social ladder enough for our town to be graced with a Waitrose.
In other news I don’t see what the big deal about ISIS is. When you understand that a) It’s a few thousand guys b)They’re Arabs you understand that the tribes in the region aren’t going to tolerate ISIS anymore than they tolerated the central governments and that even if they wanted to form a new Caliphate Arab culture is so fractious that it’s a pipe dream. The idea that Arabs should be organised into neat little nation states is a western idea and runs contrary to fourteen hundred years of Arab history, which is mostly a history of endemic tribal warfare and anarchy. These are not people who are suddenly going to spontaneously form a new nation state, or rather civilisation state. What they’re going to do is go back to being tribal and being in a state of perpetual warfare with each other.
The other thing that has to be understood about Arabs is their propensity to spout what we in the west call “bullshit” but while to us it is bullshit to other Arabs its some kind of statement of power. If you say that you’ve created a Caliphate you really are someone, no one believes you, but the fact that you’ve had the balls to do it is impressive enough, and in fact no further action is required on your part. They bullshit so often and bullshit has such cultural power that it’s a thing within people who study Arab culture that perhaps Arabs don’t really get the difference between ideals and reality. In fact the term for manliness and the term for bullshit are identical in Arabic.
So I think most of this is ISIS bullshitting that it is more powerful than it is and the rest is a temporary alliance of various groups all with their own interests which will eventually set them at each other’s throats.