Here’s an analysis of ISIS that places the bleme for its rise squarely on U.S. foreign policy decisions.
“From Sunni to Shi’a, secular to conservative, Islamist to liberal, autocratic to democratic, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his doppelganger of a Caliphate have united the Muslim world like no one else has – against them…. Though ISIS assembles its rhetoric with bits and pieces of religion, its relationship to Islam is like Frankenstein to a human being, or a zombie to a living person.”
Check out “The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS” by Haroon Moghul.
“The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.”
Thus begins a lengthy assessment of ISIS in The Atlantic. Read it here and tell us what you think.
Do you agree that ISIS has “a sincere, carefully considered commitment to returning civilization to a seventh-century legal environment, and ultimately to bringing about the apocalypse”?
Is that an appropriate goal for 21st century Muslims?
“Soren Esperson, deputy chairman of the Danish People’s Party, … derided pleas from leading mainstream politicians, including the prime minister, that Islam not be blamed for the violence. ‘Of course this has something to do with Islam just as the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades and witch burning had something to do with Christianity,’ he said. Christianity, he added, had ‘dealt with its fanatics’ and Islam ‘must now do the same’.”
This writer agrees with this assessment, quoted in The New York Times. You?
As The New York Times noted on Sunday (8 February 2015): “there is an inconvenient footnote to the assertion that Islam is anti-American: Muslims arrived here before the founding of the United States — not just a few, but thousands.”
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