It’s de rigeur to use Islam as a rhetorical whipping boy these days, so it pained me to use an Islamist movement as an analogy – there are people who will just yell “Islam is evil! Exactly!”, which is not the point.
I’ve said before that ‘radical Islam’ is a flag of convenience for theologically-illiterate, poor, downtrodden people whose life is being made shitful by Western support for oppressive governments – something that has its roots in the letter from Crewe to Hardinge in 1914, in which Crewe said –
“What we want is not a united Arabia, but a weak and disunited Arabia, split into little principalities as far as possible under our suzerainty — but incapable of coordinated action against us, forming a buffer against the Powers in the West.” Crewe to Hardinge, 12 November 1914, Archives of India (quoted in Britain, India and the Arabs [Busch, 1971] p62)
Crewe and Hardinge were not nobodies; they were the UK government’s Secretary for the Colonies and Viceroy of India, respectively. They were intimately involved in formulating policy. Note that when they talk about ‘a buffer against the Powers in the West’, they are talking about the Ottoman Empire, which lay to the west of India (the “Middle East” is between modern Turkey and India, roughly speaking; in 1914 the Ottoman Empire extended to the Gulf through its holdings of what became Iraq).
Anyway… point is that the version of Jewish theology deployed by Zionism is a specifically apostate version – which is why the only way it could get a rabbinical imprimatur was to hear far enough East to find some semi-literate hovel-dwellers who stood to be socially elevated in exchange for their support of the project to invade and colonise Palestine.
But back to “Islam is the enemy”… I don’t think so.
I’m an atheist, so I seldom bother trying to rank-order the various congeries of primitive gibberish that people pretend to believe in order to give their small lives meaning. (My small life doesn’t have meaning: in a universe as large and old and dark and cold as the one we’re in, anyone who seeks meaning is beyond retarded).
But if I was to put the three Avramic cults in order based on their canonical literature, Judaism is objectively the worst; the Jesus torture-porn cult is next, and Islam is relatively mild. I’ve read significant chunks of the primary literature of all three – in translation, of course: the Quran and the main hadiths are the only ones that are less controversial than Mein Kampf (which I’ve also read).
It’s also worth noting: the tactics used by ISIS are specifically haram – and haram in a very peculiar way, given that ISIS claims to want to re-instantiate the Caliphate.
See, the first Caliph (Abu Bakr) laid down some hard and fast rules for warfighting: the so-called “ten points”, which taken together for a fatwah declaring that civilians, infrastructure and surrendered enemy are sacrosanct.
So for some reason, people who pretend to be following in his footsteps, are nonetheless pursuing tactics and strategy that have been haram since the days of Muhammad… weird, right?
You know where you will find that approach to captured territory? The Pentateuch.
Isn’t it odd that ISIS have a very “Old Testament” (dare I say, Israelite?) approach to the areas that fall under their control? The behaviour being discussed in this article would not be out of place in the depraved, primitive hate-literature of Joshua, Samuel I or Deuteronomy.
If the US decides to create another cosplay troupe, it should at least spend five minutes giving it behaviours that are congruent with its purported ideology (and vice versa)