Take this business with the drones for instance. I'm not saying killing with a medieval swords is better. Or perhaps I am. Even though IS kills and wounds a high percentage civilians in heinous ways, what percentage would you say that is? Is it higher than these six indiscriminate 70% civilian butcherings? I don't know. But that is what to be expected when performance of drone pilots is measured in kills.
IS are modern vikings and templars in one: religious fanatics with a blood lust. Vikings were a small minority of criminals from the north who would plunder, murder and become soldiers of fortune (often at competing sides in various battles). Templars would not surrender unless all flags on their side of the battlefield had fallen and instilled great fear in their opponents, not the least due to their religious convictions and disciplined education in violence. But what could spark such a group to come into being?
Many factors, of course. Long-time oppression in Iraq, discrimination, ties with al-Qaeda. And the opportunity when a tyrant falls and a new spring emerges. But perhaps also investment in war of others, invasions in a region where wahhabism was strong, and killing of civilians.
This problem can't be bombed away; I believe the only long-term solution is to build democratic societies with transparency. It's not easy nor completed in a generation, but hey - there is no other option! Right now I guess bombs are the only way to slow the terror down, but US foreign policy must soon change. Maybe it's too late, but the Middle East might be on a time machine headed 500 years back in time. As far as US is concerned, everything after World War II seems to blow up in their faces, from the Korean War to Afghanistan and Iraq I & II. US foreign policy must change - if not voluntarily soon, involuntarily later.
"Make games not terror", how about that? I've been a bit low lately, as you can understand if you've read my previous post. Therefore I've taken a refactoring pause (it's hard and boring to slice and dice a game engine) and started building an old fashioned radio with a higher level of interaction. I'll github the code when I'm done if it's any good. One day of work got me a jukebox with playlists and Swedish radio. Python is still amazing.