Isis Essay

2030 words - 9 pages

English 1A
9 December 2015
ISIS - A Threat to the World
ISIS, a self-proclaimed Islamic state, is a wealthy terrorist group that defies the reputation of the Fertile Crescent. What was once the “cradle of civilization,” (Fulford) is now a hotspot of ISIS terrorist activity. ISIS has begun to make headlines in the news for the continued violence that they continue to spread throughout the Middle East. Through the combination of: barbarism, military skill, strong religious beliefs, and the twisted use of social media, ISIS has become one of the most notorious terrorist groups in the world, and the actions of this group of outlaws have prompted reactions from various world leaders. If ISIS ...view middle of the document...

As Waddell has pointed out: "Rather than using targeted attacks to further specific goals, ISIS is waging full-out war on the Iraqi government in a campaign to capture territory, then governing those territories in an organized fashion. ISIS is already laying down new laws in Iraq". Conceptually, then, ISIS is not behaving in the way that one might expect a terrorist group to behave. Rather, ISIS is conducting itself as a rebel government that has the ambition of capturing more and more territory and eventually becoming the official government of all of Iraq and the Levant (as its name would indicate). If ISIS continues to be perceived as a terrorist group, then this is surely not for geopolitical reasons, but rather ideological ones: that is, the ideology of ISIS would seem to be very close to the ideologies of other Islamic fundamentalist organizations (such as Al-Qaeda itself) that obviously are terrorist in nature. At this point in the discussion, it may be helpful to turn to a closer discussion of the ideology of ISIS.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), is a radical militant group that employs tactics that are so brutal and extreme that al-Qaeda publicly disavowed it earlier this year. This has been the first time ever that al-Qaeda formally repudiated an affiliate. Needless to say, ISIS is insane. ISIS has taken over a large territory across Syria and parts of Iraq, but also has global territorial ambitions. At this point, ISIS has even drawn the US military back into Iraq for the first time since December 2011. The group is a whole new kind of crazy. In the article, "Inside The Islamic State's Apocalyptic Beliefs", Nick wrote “Part of the Islamic State's precipitous rise is related to its belief that it is prophesied to bring about the end times. These are not just fringe beliefs held by some in the organization”. It has established a Caliphate based on a fantasy and wishes to establish its own version of utopia. A caliphate is essentially a unified Islamic civilization. Caliphates have existed in many forms throughout history, including, most recently, the Ottoman Empire. The caliphate that ISIS wishes to establish, however, is based on a distorted view of a past Islamic civilization. The group is modeling its empire off one that never truly existed. It wants to establish a global Islamic state based on its beliefs, and will kill anyone that stands in the way. The group does not stand for Islam, however, as the Quran specifically prohibits the killing of innocent civilians. It has bastardized a religion followed by over 1 billion people. The vast majority of these followers is peaceful individuals who do not believe in extremism or violence. The leader of ISIS believes that he is fighting on behalf of all Muslims. Islam is followed by over 1 billion people; however, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has the audacity to believe that he fights on behalf of all of them. He does not include Shiites in this, despite the...

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