| ISIS: The Latest Phase of the Jihad
| Saturday, February 06, 2016
|The best way to understand the Islamic State (ISIS) is to see it as the
next phase of al-Qaeda. All Sunni Islamic jihadi groups—Boko Haram,
ISIS, Taliban, al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, even Hamas—share the same
motivations based on a literal and orthodox reading of Islamic history
and doctrine: resurrecting a caliphate (which existed in various forms
from 632 to 1924) that implements and spreads the totality of sharia, or Islamic law.
Accordingly, ISIS’s notorious atrocities—beheading, crucifixion,
sexual enslavement, and destruction of non-Sunni places of worship—are
being committed by other jihadi groups (e.g., Boko Haram and al-Shabaab,
both of which pledged allegiance to ISIS) and even by some Muslim
governments (e.g., Saudi Arabia) and individual Muslims around the
Conversely, although al-Qaeda (AQ) adheres to the same sharia
that ISIS implements, it has long waged a propaganda war against the
West. AQ portrays all terrorist attacks on the West, including 9/11, as
mere payback for the West’s unjust polices against Muslims, including
support for Israel and Arab dictators.
To maintain this “grievance” narrative, AQ knows that the innately supremacist and violent aspects of sharia—for
example ISIS’ destruction of churches and subjugation of “infidel”
Christian minorities—need to be curtailed or hidden from the Western
world. Otherwise AQ’s efforts of portraying jihadis as “freedom
fighters” resisting an oppressive West risk being undermined.
Regardless, AQ’s strategy of turning Western opinion appears to have
borne fruit in one pivotal area: canceling longtime Western support for
secular Arab dictators. In the context of the “Arab Spring,” the Obama
administration turned its back on America’s Egyptian ally of 30 years,
Hosni Mubarak; helped ISIS-affiliated jihadis overthrow Libya’s Gaddafi
(even though he was complying with Washington); and continues supporting
to overthrow Syria’s Assad. Idealists in both government and media
forgot a primary reason the U.S. had formerly supported secular Arab
dictators: they single-mindedly opposed the jihadis.
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 2:05 PM