ISIS Wants a Global Civil War

Jul 30, 2016

By Maajid Nawaz

Did anyone at the Democratic National Convention notice the slaughter of 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel, as jihadists slit his throat in his own church in Northern France during morning Mass? Well… here’s why they’d better start paying attention.

For our own future’s sake, we must understand what jihadists are seeking to achieve through sowing the seeds of such chaos. What possible military strategy could there be in mowing 84 innocent people down to death using a lorry in Nice? How is “the cause” at all served by murdering 325 mainly Shia Muslims in Baghdad? Or by killing 80 mainly Shia Hazara Muslims in Kabul?

In fact, since the start of Ramadan last month, and till the time of writing on July 27, 2016, there have been 75 attacks in 50 days by various jihadist groups globally. This amounts to attacks in 21 countries at a rate of one-and-a-half per day, leaving over 1,169 dead, not including the injured and maimed. The 21 countries and territories attacked have been Jordan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Syria, Israel, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, France, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Malaysia, Turkey, Mali, Palestine, Cameroon, Saudi, Thailand, and Germany. Sixteen of those are Muslim-majority territories.


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    But crucially, the Iraqi government reacted through a sectarian lens, and failed to isolate the terrorists from Iraq’s general Sunni Arab population.

    True enough. These people always look through the lens their ideology provides them, thus a skewed picture of the world is presented to them and they act on this view. Muslim this, muslim that! I heard that at the DNC, muslim American. We don’t go around anymore, even in the US, and say christian American, christian German and christian Italian. That has fallen out of fashion generally, except by muslims calling us christians. First and foremost, even among moderate ( and lesser types of muslims ) the sectarian lens is on and that is how the world is viewed.
    There are people in the US and other places where religion skews their view of the world but most of these places correct the sectarian lens with the clear lens of secularism.



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  • The president of France expressed shock at the attack. He said roughly, “ISIS made war on us. We are making war on ISIS.”. I would expect him to be horrified, but not surprised. Over a decade ago, France declared war on the people of the middle east. This is how people behave during wars.



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  • “Only by reasserting the universality of our secular liberal democratic citizenship are we able to protect the multiplicity of identities, as opposed to the exclusionary religion-based identification that Islamists and anti-Muslim bigots thrive on.”

    And on that basis, who in particular has been playing right into the hands of Jihadists? Who are they playing like a fiddle? Why, the Donald: Don’ Chump/Lump/Dump/Bump/Hump/Clump – of hair that is – ; I always attempt to avoid personal remarks, but my middle name is not Job!

    Another excellent piece by Maajid Nawaz.



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  • Stephen Pinker is right in asserting that humanity is much less violent than historically so…. at least in the liberal West. But this may regrettably be just a statistical blip? It would seem to be true that most of humanity harbours an “inner psychopath” that just can’t wait for the excuse of release. It is still within living memory that European Fascists were easily able to recruit thousands to carry out their murderous policies. The mass atrocities of ISIS in Europe probably don’t kill any more than the annual quota by ordinary every-day non-idealistic gun-tottin’ good ‘ol boys in the USA?
    What the hell; global warming will probably end the cycle of human on human violence before too long anyway.
    What a species we are.



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  • Stephen Pinker is right in asserting that humanity is much less violent than historically so…. at least in the liberal West. But this may regrettably be just a statistical blip?

    Interesting, or is it that globalisation is just spreading it out more evenly. I’m in the uncomfortable position of raging against various camps, the Left (my people) who are largely denying there is a real problem and the right insisting it’s the end of the world. It seems in the West we’ve slowly learned to live and let live to some degree and suddenly we have one religion that at its extremes just doesn’t want to let that happen. All I can think is we need to get off oil and stop pouring money into states that support radical Muslim groups and give the rest time to adapt to their respective societies.



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  • “Did anyone at the Democratic National Convention notice the slaughter of 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel, as jihadists slit his throat in his own church in Northern France during morning Mass? Well… here’s why they’d better start paying attention.”

    That’s right. The Democrats don’t care about this issue. That’s Trump talk. Why does he start his article with this question?

    This fellow Nawaz is, in my opinion, a twisted and damaged man. I am quite certain of that. I wouldn’t trust him for the time of day. I don’t care if everyone else thinks he’s great. I don’t like that question. I think it’s sick.



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  • Their fellow travellers in Africa are also causing health problems by opposing modern medicine!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37058618
    Nigeria has announced an emergency mass polio vaccination campaign in the north-east after two new cases emerged.

    They were the first incidences of the highly infectious disease in Africa for two years.

    The government said polio paralysed two children in Borno state, a part of Nigeria where Boko Haram militants have hindered health campaigns.

    The development is seen as a major setback for Nigeria, which was on track to be declared polio free in 2017.

    The cases were confirmed exactly two years after Africa’s last previous case – in the Puntland region of Somalia, on 11 August 2014.

    Nigeria’s government said that one million children would be immunized in the affected areas in Borno and a further four million will also be targeted in neighbouring states.

    The militant Islamist Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria has made some areas of Borno hard to access in recent years.

    The fact that these two cases have been discovered was a result of increased health surveillance in the north-east, which was made possible by military success against Boko Haram, the government said.



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