Isis: The Face of Terror

By Christopher Brown

In the past two years, the terror group known as ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, have been causing unprecedented havoc in the Middle East. If you have turned on any news telecast in the last year, chances are you have heard a story about the horrors of this terrorist group. They are believed to be lead by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who many refer to now as “The New Osama Bin Laden.” However, the poster child for ISIS is the man known as “Jihadi John,” who has recently been identified as Mohammed Emwazi. This is the man that is responsible for most of the videotaped beheadings that have taken place in Syria, beginning with journalist James Foley in 2013. Emwazi is now considered by many sources as the world’s most wanted man. Most recently, he and his cohorts are responsible for the abduction of at least 300 Christians in Syria. If the fates of the deceased journalists are any indication, the future looks grim for this group of people whose only crime is not adhering to the radical faith of these militants.

A common misconception about people in the Middle East is that they all practice Islam and believe all other religion is just a distraction. This could not be further from the truth. The Middle East consists of 22 countries, all with their own government and system of beliefs. Yes, most of these countries do practice Islam, but Islam itself is a very deep religion with its own meaning to different people. It should also be noted that the majority of people who practice Islam live in the Asia-Pacific. Taking all this into consideration, helps paint a picture of ISIS and their ultimate goal, which is to create their own country to praise God and be a world leader. They believe all Muslims should be controlled under one state. They already control much of Eastern Syria and Western Iraq, funding operations by any means necessary, but mostly by massive theft. ISIS has recruited thousands of Islamic people from around the world using propaganda video and writings, promising them a better life if they fight for this proposed Islamic State.

ISIS is not just dangerous because they are a terror group; they are dangerous because they have woven religion into their terror. The people of ISIS believe God is on their side, so therefore nothing can stop them. It has been common for ISIS to take over a territory, and then speak at that territory’s place of worship. They will make a statement such as, “Your God let us take over your country, and he wants you to join us in the fight.” It may be hard for many people in the Western world to fully grasp the power of this type of statement; our emphasis on religion is markedly different than those who adhere to the fundamental tenets of extreme Islamic worldviews. World leaders, however, understand that power and are biding their time, while ISIS continues to grow. Sooner or later American soldiers will be involved in the fight against ISIS. A quote by John F. Kennedy helps explain: “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”

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