What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
But of course they’re laughing at people like you. They actually practice the strictest and most literal versions of Koranic law we’ve seen since the medieval ages so an argument can certainly be made (just ask them) that they are actually the version that is most “genuine Islam”.Western officials would probably do best to refrain from weighing in on matters of Islamic theological debate altogether. Barack Obama himself drifted into takfiri waters when he claimed that the Islamic State was “not Islamic”—the irony being that he, as the non-Muslim son of a Muslim, may himself be classified as an apostate, and yet is now practicing takfir against Muslims. Non-Muslims’ practicing takfir elicits chuckles from jihadists (“Like a pig covered in feces giving hygiene advice to others,” one tweeted).
1. It is a fact that ISIS and their objectives are associated with and based on their radical interpretation of Islam.
2. To call them "radical Islam" does not "associate" them with "genuine Islam"...rather, it differentiates the two.
It seems to me to be a very smart thing to acknowledge that ISIS uses Islam as the basis for their actions...because they do. It also seems to me to be a very smart thing to point out the differences between the radical interpretation used by ISIS and the mainstream interpretation used by the rest of the Muslim community.
I can understand the mainstream Muslim community not wanting any association with radical Islam, but to deny any similarities and, more importantly, any differences is much like sticking your head in the sand or putting fingers in your ears so you don't have to consider inconvenient realities.
I suspect the Obama administration is taking this tact in order to gain support from those mainstream Muslim ostriches. but I think they are doing a disservice to the rest of America and the world. Nothing good was ever accomplished by appeasement.
Last edited by Mycroft; 02-28-15 at 07:45 PM.
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