And it has to stop. If we think of the militants in Syria and Iraq merely as terrorists, it bolsters the idea that military force alone can spell defeat. But what if ISIS makes more strides in behaving like a state? It’s already issuing fishing licenses, rejecting bribery and corruption, building infrastructure and seemingly becoming more predictable to its populace. Even former CIA chief and OZY columnist John McLaughlin has warned that allied victory is not assured. So it’s time, as we did in Afghanistan, to start thinking of political alternatives.