In “Only Cry for the Living: Memos From Inside the ISIS Battlefield,” Hollie McKay poignantly tells the story of the war against the jihadist network, which grew from the region’s Petri dish of “deep-seated sectarian, tribal and historical grievances.” Ms. McKay describes ISIS hanging civilians in the streets en masse, mowing down children with a forklift, using chemical weapons against innocent civilians, and viciously attacking the innocent Yazidi population. https://52bb6d0ffcde46bdd70f1a70cc0caee0.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0
Just as we have against other ruthless adversaries, the U.S. did the heavy lifting, especially in building the strategy relying extensively on U.S. air support and logistics, to roll back and defeat the terrorist.
“What is war?”, Ms. McKay asks rhetorically throughout her book. War can be a victory she writes “that resembles an apocalypse.” My relatives who fought in the last century’s two world wars — especially my great uncle who was attacked on the continent with poison chemical weapons during World War I — would relate.