Faces of the Real Enemy
ISIS On the Move in Their Toyota Trucks
ISIS Mission is Horror and Fear and Terrorism
Right up front and as succinct as possible this introduction from here – FYI: “Top Ten Ways Islamic Law forbids Terrorism”
Some surely will dispute that introduction and what is states therein, but I do not. It has merit and seems valid – make up your own mind. Thanks in advance. Now the rest of this post.
This is condensed and reformatted to fit the blog and comes from London via Reuters here.
Introduction: Syria has become the pre-eminent global incubator for a new generation of militants after Islamist groups more than doubled their recruitment of foreign fighters to as much as 31,000 over the past 18 months, according to Richard Barrett, former British head of global counter-terrorism at MI-6.
Headlines these days estimate that between 27,000 and 31,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria and Iraq since a June 2014 estimate of 12,000 had journeyed to Syria.
Most who flock to Syria are Arabs from the Middle East and Africa, although some militant groups have attracted fighters from across 86 different countries ranging from Norway to Uzbekistan. Significant numbers have come from Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and the former Soviet Union. Some 5,000 have traveled from the EU, a steep increase from the Middle East, North Africa, and the former Soviet Union.
Estimates put around 6,000 from Tunisia who have gone to Syria; some 2,500 from Saudi Arabia, and about 2,400 from Russia. Of the roughly 5,000 EU recruits, around 3,700 come from four countries: France, Britain, Germany, and Belgium. Recruits from the former Soviet Union, particularly Russia's North Caucasus republics of Chechnya and Dagestan and the Muslim countries of Central Asia, have also dramatically risen.
The majority of foreign fighters end up in militant groups like ISIS/ISIL which as the world now knows uses an extreme interpretation of Islam to justify attacks and horror in their massive PR campaign accompanied by videos of burning people alive, drownings, shooting various large groups of civilians and children, using children to shoot their captives, and the awful carefully staged beheading for YouTube distribution to gain the most impact, which no doubt has created fear and at the same time has become a great recruiting tool for them, witness the recent shooting in San Bernardino by a husband and wife team who were recently radicalized according to developing FBI reports.
I see four tough questions the civilized world faces and need to resolve: (1) Why this threat now and how growing on this scale and so effectively; (2) Why are so many traveling to join ISIS and engage in terrorism from their natives countries; (3) How are they funded and equipped, and from whom and why; and, (4) How can they be defeated?
ISIS has seen success beyond the dreams of other terrorist groups and they now appear conventional and even old-fashioned in some ways like as al-Qaeda. They have claimed responsibility for the November 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and the October 31 downing of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt's Sinai desert that killed 224 and with the PR machine even claim they influenced the San Bernardino mass shooting. They have promised more attacks on the West and Russia.
Many Western leaders say ISIS which has now proclaimed a caliphate in the parts of Syria and Iraq it controls, now poses a greater danger worldwide – again: why and how can they be stopped, for surely they must. If they have declared war on civilization, then rational men in countries should respond in kind and go all out to eradicate them now and once and for all.
I say at this point, if ISIS wants war, then I say give it to them, but not half-ass measures.
Related: From Foreign Affairs (for subscribers only – a dated article (2007) but quite good and relevant even today I think): So, can we call on the Muslim Brotherhood (herein also called MB) for any help, say political help to stabilize the ME?
The MB is the world's oldest, largest, and most influential Islamist organization.
It is also the most controversial, condemned by both conventional opinion in the West and radical opinion in the Middle East. American commentators have called the Muslim Brothers “radical Islamists” and “a vital component of the enemy's assault force ... deeply hostile to the United States.” Al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri sneered at them for “luring thousands of young Muslim men into lines for elections ... instead of into the lines of jihad.”
Jihadists loathe the Muslim Brotherhood (known in Arabic as al-Ikhwan al-Muslimeen) for rejecting global jihad and embracing democracy. These positions seem to make them moderates, the very thing the United States, short on allies in the Muslim world, seeks. But MB also assails U.S. foreign policy, especially Washington's support for Israel, and questions linger about its actual commitment to the democratic process.
Over the past year, FA has met with dozens of Brotherhood leaders and activists from Egypt, France, Jordan, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom. In long and sometimes heated discussions, we explored the Brotherhood's stance on democracy and jihad, Israel and Iraq, the United States, and what sort of society the group seeks to create.
The Brotherhood is a collection of national groups with differing outlooks, and the various factions disagree about how best to advance its mission. But all reject global jihad while embracing elections and other features of democracy. How they go about that balance the key question as always in these situations?
The key to all this I strongly think is education on this subject. With that in mind I end with this from here – an excellent source:
“The Muslim world looks at us and laughs saying that we still do not understand true Islam regardless that if we point the finger at the extremists or the moderates. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most prominent Sunni Muslim scholar (for sure he should understand true Islam) looks at us mockingly saying:”
“They speak not of the one Islam as revealed by Allah but of manufactured “Islams,” plural, several different Islams, which they desire to create. Sometimes they even divide Islam by regions. There is the Asian variety of Islam; then we have the African Islam. Sometimes, according to the ages, there is the Prophet’s era of Islam, Rashidi Islam, Umayyad Islam, Abbasid Islam, Ottoman Islam and modern Islam. Sometimes, according to race, there is Arab Islam, Indian Islam, Turkish Islam, and the Islam of the Malaysian… And so on and so forth. Sometimes, according to the doctrine, there is Sunni Islam and Shiite Islam. They even divide the Sunni and the Shia into divisions. New divisions have also been created; there is revolutionary Islam, reactionary Islam, radical Islam, classical Islam, right-wing Islam, leftist Islam, orthodox Islam, modern Islam and, finally, political Islam, spiritual Islam and theological Islam. Why do they invent such divisions that are rejected in Islam? The truth is that these divisions are all unacceptable in the eyes of a Muslim; there is only one Islam, which has no partners, which recognizes no other; it is the first Islam, the Islam of the Quran and Sunnah.” (Ref: “Accusing Islam with Politics” by Dr. Yusuf Qaradawi, 10/28/2011)
Thanks for stopping by. The first segment in this series follows below.