Earlier today, Islamic militants, or more accurately, Islamic terrorists, those whom we call ISIS, outdid themselves with an incredible act of barbaric cruelty and senseless inhumanity. The captured Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, was shown in a video being burned alive, trapped in a cage. The authenticity of the video is still being investigated, but that seems neither here nor there. The intention of ISIS was to show the world that they did this horrific thing to a human being that doesn’t happen to fit their concept of what is right. As ISIS crosses the line from civilization into depravity, the more difficult it is for the Islamic world to ignore the insanity. Muslims worldwide are now watching the actions of ISIS with contempt and disgust. In Jordan vast throngs of people reacted to the news with a mixture of anger, sadness and nationalistic fervor as they chanted anti terrorist slogans. Jordan, a bordering country to the Islamic State, has backed the international effort against ISIS since the beginning of the conflict. Moderate Muslims in that country have denounced the almost NAZI-like behavior of ISIS. The King of Jordan, described ISIS this way after hearing today’s news. He said, “Muath al-Kaseasbeh dies at the hands of a cowardly, terrorist and criminal organization, which has no relation to our noble religion.”
Young disenfranchised Muslims living in poverty, in many countries, are easy targets for terrorist recruiters. Dissatisfied people, living hand to mouth, struggling to get along are easily convinced that they are beset by imaginary enemies and ficticious dangers all around. It’s one of the oldest and most effective techniques to control people. Right now in Russia, Mr. Putin is telling his constituents that the West and the United States in particular, are trying to keep the Russian people down..subservient to their Western Masters. This has become a very effective way for Mr. P to whip up the fervor of his countrymen and as a result, a most convenient system to raise his poll numbers, which were in the tank a shortly while before the Ukraine crisis, and are now hovering in the 80% approval area.
By continually coming up with more outlandish and horrifying video events, ISIS believes they are attracting more converts. I think they have made a tactical error. They are fueling an anti-extremist movement amongst young Muslims amazed by the cruelty shown to many of their own, the Jordanian pilot just the latest victim. Several weeks ago ISIS slaughtered an entire company of Syrian troops, presumably all or nearly all of them young men of the Muslim faith. They were afforded no hearings, no trials, just unceremoniously executed in the desert. They were innocent soldiers killed because their version of Islam did not match up with their captors. Can you say Middle Ages?
Many of the policies of the Western World, and the United States in particular, can be directly attributed to the rise of Islamic militants around the world. And the more we strike back, the more we seem to foster we an environment conducive to recruiting converts to these terror organizations. We have been expert at stoking the flames of extremism in the Muslim world since Abu-Graib, Gitmo etc. But now it may be that the very despicable actions of ISIS themselves may be turning the tide of moderate Muslims into militant anti-terrorists. Perhaps their own terrorist propaganda is what will ultimately defeat ISIS. Contrary to what many in the West believe, a great many influential Muslim leaders have been denouncing terrorism consistently for a long time. An article written by Hesham A. Hassaballa on beliefnet.com quotes the following prominent Islamic leaders.
On August 11, Nabil al-Arabi, the Arab League Chief, denounced acts committed by the Islamic State in Iraq as “crimes against humanity,” demanding that they be brought to justice. According to Al Arabiya News, he said in a statement that he “strongly denounced the crimes, killings, dispossession carried out by the terrorist (ISIS) against civilians and minorities in Iraq
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2014/08/think-muslims-havent-condemned-isis-think-again.html#Ylqll0jYFuefgEcz.99
Turkey’s highest ranking cleric, Mehmet Gormez, decried the Islamic State’s declaration of a “caliphate” and argued that the statements were damaging to the Muslim community, according to Reuters: “Such declarations have no legitimacy whatsoever,” Mehmet Gormez, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, the highest religious authority in Turkey, which, although a majority Muslim country, has been a secular state since the 1920s.
On August 19, Al Jazeera reported that Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, the country’s top religious authority, said that terrorism is anti-Islamic and said that groups like the Islamic State which practice violence are the “number one enemy of Islam”: Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2014/08/think-muslims-havent-condemned-isis-think-again.html#Ylqll0jYFuefgEcz.99
As the Huffington Post reported, 100 Sunni and Shiite Imams from the U.K. came together to produce a video denouncing the Islamic State, releasing a statement that they wanted to “come together to emphasise the importance of unity in the UK and to decree ISIS as an illegitimate, vicious group who do not represent Islam in any way.” Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2014/08/think-muslims-havent-condemned-isis-think-again.html#Ylqll0jYFuefgEcz.99
Time for the leaders of the civilized world to stand together and make a forceful, and quite necessary, overwhelming MILITARY response to the evil that is ISIS. They are nothing more than a band of criminals using Islam as a way to connect a loose band of misguided patriots, outlaws and lost souls. The time for talk is passed. At the very least an increase in both air attacks and drone strikes is nneded to seriously degrade ISIS ability to continue to function.
How many more innocent people have to be subjected to the barbarism that is ISIS before the world bands together and stops this insanity?