“[T]he system was one that made the elite very rich and the poor even poorer as their debts increased. Increasing numbers of people started to leave the cities to escape their debts, and often joined rogue groups known as the [H]abiru in Syria and the Levant, which not only maintained a way of life free from the control of the major kings, but which also raided their cities and supplies.”
via Kingdoms of Anatolia – Sea Peoples.
Did the Sea People cause the Late Bronze Age collapse, or was it merely a case that elitists were pathologically using them as a diversion tactic to blind people to the horrendous inequality of the period? Were Mongols from the North the true reason the Great Wall of China was built, or was that a way to keep people busy so nobody had time to question the injustice of the ruling class and those serving it?
The situation in the West (and, in particular, the United States) is one where people are mainly just looking out for their own interests at this point (even at the expense of the nation itself.) Those working in news/media need a story to cover and a constant “war on terror” allows for just that. The rich want to divert attention away from themselves. Others serving the war-machine want to maintain their roles, even if the wars serve no real benefit to the invading nation. Conservatives are wired to naturally serve oppressors. Phoney-liberals are wired to do the same (but pretend that they don’t.)
As the lesser of evils, it would be far better for the West to train/supply regional resistance forces that are naturally going to do battle with ISIS anyway. However, honest people would need to keep a VERY close eye on the situation to make sure the state is doing what it says it’s doing (because half the time it will do the exact opposite. NATO kept urging Turkey to fight ISIS, yet it ended up using its opportunity for “humanitarian” intervention to bomb the state enemy, the Kurds, instead. However, Turkish elites and media outlets most likely announced that they were intervening to defend Turkey from the threat of ISIS.)
However, the best way to deal with terrorism would actually be to deal with the extreme inequality in wealth (along with sinister forms of academic elitism that try to keep the general populace stupid while praising sinister notions of what it means to be “educated.”)
Less wealth inequality allows more honest individuals to speak out against all forms of hypocritical elitist behaviour in society including those in media, academia, politics, business etc. who try to keep the general populace vapid and uninformed. Had the populace been less deluded and had there been greater opportunity for dissent in the years leading up to the Iraq war, it may have never happened in the first place, meaning ISIS wouldn’t even exist right now.