It isn’t the beheading of the journalist James Foley that is most disturbing, it was the calmness he delivered the lines, “I call on my friends, family and love ones to rise up against my real killers: the U.S. government.” He was speaking calmly in the past tense as if he wanted the occasion to occur. This did not appear to be the same guy who was on the O’Reilly Factor just a few years prior grateful to have been released from a previous occurrence in Libya. But it was, and sadly it appears that Foley willingly participated in his own death in the same manner that car bombers and other terrorists sacrifice themselves on behalf of Allah. A quick look at James Foley’s Tweets from his account can be seen at the link below showing a man sympathetic to the ISIS cause. He was certainly not against it. He had gone “native” as a reporter and shows the roots of the liberal bias against America from the view-point of a young man identifying with the Jihad movement.
To understand what was likely going on in Foley’s head the proper definitions of the events which surrounded him are important to understand. Many underestimate the power of a Jihad movement among young men stripped of power in the western culture and why they are so attracted to the masculine virtues of Islamic faith. In the terrorist video involving Foley it was not a Syrian dressed in a black robe with his hand gently placed on Foley’s back—almost affectionately, he was a European Islamic extremist attracted to the plight of Syria due to the magnetism of Muslim militant behavior. It gets very confusing in the West, in many respects government schools have shown to support the Muslim faith over Christianity yet they also support feminism over traditional masculine roles held in families. In Muslim household across the world it is the “man” who is certainly in charge of his family in virtually every aspect—so young men looking for those roles in a fashion aligned with their class room instruction are flocking toward Islamic State faith—wanting to join a caliphate at any cost. Foley appears to have given his life—not having it taken and the characters in this drama are all foreigners—not those born in Syria or Iraq. So to understand this situation the meaning of ISIS or ISIL as Obama calls them must be understood.
The Islamic State (IS) (Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية ad-Dawlah al-ʾIslāmiyyah), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL /ˈaɪsɪl/) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS /ˈaɪsɪs/),[a] is a jihadist group, widely regarded as a terrorist organization. In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control, beginning with territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan,Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus, and an area in southern Turkey that includes Hatay. The group has been officially designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia,Canada, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, and has been described as a terrorist group by the United Nations and Western and Middle Eastern media sources.
The group, in its original form, was composed of and supported by a variety of Sunni Arab terrorist insurgent groups, including its predecessor organizations, Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) (2003–2006), Mujahideen Shura Council (2006–2006) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (2006–2013), other insurgent groups such as Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, Jaysh al-Fatiheen, Jund al-Sahaba and Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, and a number of Iraqi tribes that profess Sunni Islam.
ISIS grew significantly as an organization owing to its participation in the Syrian Civil War and the strength of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Allegations of economic and political discrimination against Arab Iraqi Sunnis since the fall of the secular Saddam Hussein also helped it to gain support. At the height of the 2003–2011 Iraq War, its forerunners enjoyed a significant presence in the Iraqi governorates of Al Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk, most of Salah ad Din, parts of Babil,Diyala and Baghdad, and claimed Baqubah as a capital city. In the ongoing Syrian Civil War, ISIS has a large presence in the Syrian governorates of Ar-Raqqah, Idlib and Aleppo.
ISIS is known for its extreme interpretation of the Islamic faith and sharia lawand its brutal violence, which is directed at Shia Muslims. Indigenous Assyrian, Chaldean, Syriac and Armenian Christians, Yazidis, Druze, Shabaksand Mandeans in particular. It is reported to have 30,000 fighters in its ranks in Iraq and up to 50,000 in Syria who, in addition to attacks on government and military targets, have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed thousands of civilians. ISIS had close links with al-Qaeda until 2014, but in February of that year, after an eight-month power struggle, al-Qaeda cut all ties with the group, reportedly for its brutality and “notorious intractability”.
ISIS’s original aim was to establish a caliphate in the Sunni-majority regions of Iraq. Following its involvement in the Syrian Civil War, this expanded to include controlling Sunni-majority areas of Syria. A caliphate was proclaimed on 29 June 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—now known as Amir al-Mu’minin Caliph Ibrahim—was named as its caliph, and the group was renamed the Islamic State.
Jihad /dʒɪˈhɑːd/; Arabic: جهاد ǧihād [dʒiˈhæːd]), an Islamic term, is a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād translates as a noun meaning “struggle” or “resisting”. The word jihad appears in 23 Quranic verses.Within the context of the classical Islam, particularly the Shiahs beliefs, it refers to struggle against those who do not believe in the Abrahamic God (Allah).However, the word has even wider implications and interpretations.
Jihad means “to struggle in the way of Allah”. Jihad appears 41 times in the Quran and frequently in the idiomatic expression “striving in the way of God (al-jihad fi sabil Allah)“. A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid; the plural is mujahideen. Jihad is an important religious duty for Muslims. A minority among the Sunni scholars sometimes refer to this duty as the sixth pillar of Islam, though it occupies no such official status. In Twelver Shi’a Islam, however, Jihad is one of the 10 Practices of the Religion.
There are two commonly accepted meanings of jihad: an inner spiritual struggle and an outer physical struggle. The “greater jihad” is the inner struggle by a believer to fulfill his religious duties. This non-violent meaning is stressed by both Muslim and non-Muslim authors. However, there is consensus amongst Islamic scholars that the concept of jihad will always include armed struggle against persecution and oppression.
The “lesser jihad” is the physical struggle against the enemies of Islam. This physical struggle can take a violent form or a non-violent form. The proponents of the violent form translate jihad as “holy war”, although some Islamic studies scholars disagree. The Dictionary of Islam and British-American orientalist Bernard Lewis both argue jihad has a military meaning in the large majority of cases. Some scholars maintain non-violent ways to struggle against the enemies of Islam. An example of this is written debate, often characterized as “jihad of the pen”.
According to the BBC, a third meaning of jihad is the struggle to build a good society. In a commentary of the hadith Sahih Muslim, entitled al-Minhaj, the medieval Islamic scholar Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi stated that “one of the collective duties of the community as a whole (fard kifaya) is to lodge a valid protest, to solve problems of religion, to have knowledge of Divine Law, to command what is right and forbid wrong conduct”.
Because of the strength it gives males in their social and spiritual relationships, and the lack of condemnation that feminists all over the world have provided, recruiting for the ISIS caliphate are exploding across the globe. Young males growing up in homes without a strong father figure and confused about their roles with women are finding themselves attracted to the message of ISIS even if they aren’t from the Middle Eastern region. It is something for them to rally behind–much like those same minds might yell at an opposing team in football or soccer. In a world where we’ve all been told in government schools that believing in things is bad and that submission to the collective is good—it should be no surprise that young men are flocking to join ISIS in their struggle to serve Allah. Given few other noble options in their life within their families, their church, their jobs, and their educations—Allah is all that is left for them.
Recently for another article I featured a two part documentary about T.E. Lawrence by Rory Stewart which delves further into this problem with the Middle East. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW AND WATCH IT. It is a good documentary and explores the problem in the Middle East very well—but Rory is considered a conservative by European standards yet would be a bleeding heart liberal by American standards—and all of Europe is falling away to the left of Stewart—politically. This leaves Europe as raving collectivists deeply confused about their social roles because of having their Christian faiths stripped away from them, and their traditional roles within the family pointing them toward Muslim religion as an answer. There, roles are defined and the rules are known—and have deliberately been left off-limits by the public school systems. Most every other lifestyle has been decried in classrooms except those of Muslims. Britain alone now has 100,000 Muslim converts by a 2011 census number—which has likely increased dramatically since. Most of those converts—70%–are white women who find the roles within Muslim society to be attractive freeing them of the unwanted constraints of western feminism. Take the example of Lynne Ali who called herself a hard-partying teenager decrying that her life was hectic and missing something before finding herself freed as a Muslim. Now a 34-year-old former DJ from Dagenham in Essex said: “I would go out and get drink with friends, wear tight and revealing clothing and date boys. I think underneath it all, I must have been searching for something, and I wasn’t feeling fulfilled by my hard-drinking, party lifestyle.” She met her boyfriend, Zahid, at university, and converted to Islam at the age of 19. She now wears the Islamic scarf, or niqab, when she goes out and describes it as “liberating.” “I am so grateful I found my escape route,” she said, “this is the real me – I am happy to pray five times a day and take classes at the mosque. I am no longer a slave to a broken society and its expectations.” Many young women in England and greater Europe these days are making the same decisions for the same reasons. They have had their lives stripped away from them in public education leaving them to embarrass themselves foolishly, then seek redemption the only way available—a hard religion that is intolerable to deviancy—which is attractive to their failed lives. The move from being disc jockeys of popular music to radical Islamists within a few years because the tradition of Muslim faith gives them something to sink their roots into.
This is what appears to have happened to James Foley. It may have even been his idea—to shake the world to its foundations with his sacrifice. He gave a calm speech moments before his death and allowed his head to be cut off without any struggle or malice toward the person taking his life—who like him, was a foreigner likely seeking to make peace with the Sykes-Picot Agreement that England and France used to slice up the Middle East at the end of World War I destroying the relationship that those two nations would forever have with Arabia. Young people aimless and embarrassed as to their backgrounds seek the redeeming qualities of an uncompromising religion to hold their lives together and the ideals were planted in them at public schools. Foley and his attacker hoped that the brutality of their actions would ignite a global increase in converts such as Lynne Ali and will stand against the deviancy of the West—from their point of view. But what they really stand against is competition, capitalism, and productivity. It is more attractive to strip away their make-up, their jobs, and their ability to think for themselves and surrender to Allah all that they are and will be. And for James Foley—that is precisely what he selected for himself. And behind him are millions, upon millions more.
They seek revenge for Sykes-Picot which I will cover in more detail in the next article. And if there is any doubt about Foley’s intentions read the Tweets he made leading up to his capture, and the truth will be evident. Painful, but evident. The link is above after the first paragraph.