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The Monitor's View The real war against Islamic State

The political turmoil in Iraq’s government reflects the struggle to counter Islamic State’s notion of clerical rule with democratic ideals of equality between all individuals.

To defeat Islamic State – a group President Obama calls the West’s “most urgent threat” – the United States and its allies are relying on more than military means. Merely retaking IS territory, such as the key city of Mosul in Iraq, would not be enough. The US needs to also counter IS’s core assertion: that people must be ruled only by an elite clergy, one supposedly with undisputed divine wisdom.

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