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ISIS’ Financial Crisis

syria-looted-artefacts_01From the beginning, it was clear that terrorists make terrible financiers. Good at death and destruction, pillaging, raping, and hostage-taking, ISIS didn’t peer far enough into the future to consider that they would need to subsidize their systematic horror. (As a matter of fact, they didn’t have the foresight to consider branding, since they changed their name with as much regularity as they changed their city of interest.) Beheadings by boys, and violent overthrows by creatures approximating the underbelly of beasts required big-ticket items like arms and vehicles.

From where would the money come?

There were those in the Middle East only too happy to fund them and keep the spotlight off of their museumown countries. Included in the list were wealthy Arabs traditionally supporting Al-Qaeda, along with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan. Surprising? America’s allies? Not so much. They want to appease whomever may be the regional power-du-jour.

But eventually, the power of pillaging would emerge as ripe berries for the plucking. Oil refineries grabbed in towns under attack provides upwards of $1 million per day. Afghanistani heroin with some African heroin moved via Iraq to Europe supplies half of all that continent’s demand, along with bringing hefty revenues to ISIS’ coffers.

PER_1_pr6raid__0206Add to these wonderful, entrepreneurial activities two more as we work our way up the beyond-the-pale atrocities.

First, the plunder of priceless antiquities. Experts estimate that tens of millions of dollars have been raised for ISIS from the looting and selling of artifacts located in Syria alone. And the fact of the matter is that someone, in some foreign country, is buying these, and lining terrorists’ pockets with gold.

And it needs to be stopped.

A pillaged museum could approximate oil field revenues which means no foreign buyer should be ???????????buying any antiquity without a clear provenance (origin). If it’s near an ISIS-occupied territory, the artifact must have a signed document attesting to the fact that it was legally excavated and exported years ago. Anything more recent than the last 5-10 years and you shouldn’t touch it. That means private collectors and museums.

Just say no.

If you do engage in the purchase of plundered antiquities, this is what gave ISIS enough incentive to recently take over that museum in Tunisia and shoot every tourist in sight. It’s a cash cow, and they’re going to milk it.

ISIS-victimPlus, every other country should forbid the import of artifacts from ISIS-controlled areas or those of unknown or fuzzy origin.

Which brings us to the last, most grisly, hard-to-say-no-to money-maker for ISIS: human organs. Removed by hired foreign doctors in Northern Iraq, dead soldiers, dead and living hostages are the donors.

If ever there were a reason for people to sign-up voluntarily for organ donation upon their demise, this would be it. Take away the demand for people who need new hearts, livers, and kidneys.

Supposedly, eyewitness reports from doctors not working on the “project” indicate that even hostage Opium_poppies_in_Helmand_-achildren are being used as donors, particularly those captured from minority villages in Syria and Iraq. A hospital in Mosul begins the process and black market networks smuggle the goods on the international black market, proving lucrative indeed. The organs travel to Saudi or Turkey where gangs act as middle-men to buyers worldwide.

To a lesser extent, there is the smuggling of people across borders as a money-maker, as well, but I’m not so sure I would trust their ability to ransom hostages…

If ever there were a compelling reason to stop the European drug trade, along with the selling of antiquities and human organs, it’s ISIS. May that serve as greater impetus to develop our own oil-producing capabilities, as well.

ISIS needs money now. And it’s not coming out of my pocket.

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