Thursday, April 07, 2016

Defeating Islamic State 

"The problem in Iraq is not ISIS. ISIS is the symptom of mismanagement and sectarianism."
"[If the infighting and mismanagement in Baghdad and sectarian tensions between Shiites and Sunnis are not diffused] the situation in Iraq could be even worse after] ISIS is defeated."
Najmaldin Karim, governor, Kirkuk Province
Isil militants training in Mosul, Iraq
Isil militants have been photographed training in the stronghold of Mosul. Dozens of jihadists abseiled off a motorway bridge as daily life continued around them in the northern Iraqi city.   Picture: EPA

And that would be because the Islamic State terrorist group could be defeated, but the venomously vicious ideology they promote and celebrate derives directly from Islamic precepts. Islamic State has patterned itself after the religious conquest campaign that the Prophet Mohammad invested himself in, as sole spokesman and leader of a new religion he had introduced to a Middle East Bedouin society. A diverse tribal population accustomed to warring with one another for scarce resources, viewing other groups as enemies.

The re-introduction of purist Salafist Islamic ideals took place in the 18th Century by a cleric,
Muhammad ibn ╩┐Abd al-Wahhab, who aligned himself with the Saud dynasty that established itself as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is central to the majority Sunni Islamic population as the custodian of the two most holy sites in Islam, Mecca and Medina, has given birth to the Sunni manifestation of the imperative of jihad. Through the proceeds of its vast oil resources, Saudi Arabia invested billions in the funding of Wahhabist madrassas throughout the world.

Those madrassas and mosques funded by Saudi Arabia have taught hundreds of thousands of young Muslims from Somalia to Brussels, Pakistan to Australia, the Koranic fundamentals of Islamic primacy, to vault Islam over all other religions and regions of the world and in the process successfully proselytize to enlarge the numbers of the faithful worldwide. Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State, not to mention the panoply of Wahhabi-inspired terrorist jihadis launched their campaign to elevate Islam globally.

An Islamic Jihad militant holds up a copy of the Koran in one hand and an automatic rifle in the other during a rally in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, 10 June 2005. Hundreds of Palestinians have been protesting in various towns and cities in the occupied territories after allegations that Israeli police desecrated copies of the Koran during searches of prison cells, claims which have been vehemently denied by Israel.

Their presence throughout the Middle East, North Africa, then gradually Europe and North America has ensured a vast infiltration of like-minded Muslims passionate in their zeal to expand Islamic power and influence. So should ISIL be 'defeated' and disbanded, the fanatics who exemplify the jihadist political idealization of Islam simply shift themselves elsewhere becoming members of other jihadi groups. ISIL is but one of many manifestations of jihadis gathering for a purpose. Defeat them and the purpose and the growing jihadi presence lives on.

The influence of Islam within the world body of the United Nations is sweeping in its ability to gather a UN-approved assault against any nation that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation identifies as inimical to Islamic primacy. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation represents the single largest voting bloc in the UN with its 57 members, and its alliance with the non-aligned nations of the world. The single focus of its baleful influence remains the State of Israel, whose presence in the Middle East is defined as an insult to Islam.

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