Should we believe in the Obama administration or ISIS? What is the root cause of the disturbing images of violence in the Middle East? Why are innocent people getting beheaded and young women turned into sex slaves?
The Obama administration has linked it to economic causes while ISIS has made it clear they are fighting for Islam. Recently, President Barack Obama (whom I shall refer to as oBUMa from now on) made a speech to the US Coast Guard commencement ceremony. He said:
“Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world. Yet, what we also know is that severe drought helped create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.”
oBUMa has linked the rise of ISIS and Boko Haram to climate change. But he did not say what caused it. Marie Harf, State Department spokeswoman, believed that the root causes included a lack of jobs. She said
“We cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to long term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups like a lack of opportunity for jobs… “
That does not explain why ISIS executioner ‘Jihadi John’, joined ISIS. Mohammed Emwazi or Jihadi John is a Computer Science graduate from a British university and did not lack job opportunities.
If the oBUMa administration cannot correctly diagnose the sickness, it cannot prescribe the right cure. It is not a lack of jobs worsened by the drought that drove men like Jihadi John to join ISIS but something else. What is that something else?
The best way to answer that question is to read what ISIS is saying. In the ISIS propaganda magazine, Dabiq, an article written by female writer said that it is not wrong to take sex slaves in a jihad because Prophet Mohammed himself practiced it.
The writer, Umm Sumayyah, is herself the wife of a jihadi whose husband has taken a sex slave. She approved of it!
She wrote, “I and those with me at home prostrated to Allah in gratitude on the day the first slave-girl entered our home.
“Yes, we thanked our Lord for having let us live to the day we saw kufr (disbelievers) humiliated and its banner destroyed.”
What is luring all these Muslims? It is the chance to practice the pure unadulterated form of Islam that allows things forbidden in civilized society, to be part of a glorious cause to expand the boundaries of pure Islam and to restore lost Islamic greatness. It is not the drought or global warming. It is not a lack of jobs. There have always been bad weather and poor people in all cultures. But other cultures did not spawn an ISIS.
As the article noted, many Muslims do not agree with them that the rape of captive women is condoned. But it is difficult for those who disagree to find evidence from Islamic scriptures to refute ISIS. ISIS is theologically correct.
As a result, the land of ISIS is attracting a lot of eager jihadists angry with non-Muslim dominance in the world that imposed its values on Muslims. Islam had a golden past which it has lost. The reason for this lost of Allah’s blessings is that they were not Islamic enough, having imbibed in non-Muslim values and practices. To regain, Allah’s favor again, Muslims must practice Sharia, the law code of Allah.
ISIS believes in doing exactly what Prophet Mohammed and his Companions did in the 7th century. This included rape and sex slavery. Non Muslims may be appalled, but there are so many verses in the Koran and Hadiths that support what ISIS is doing. Slavery is legal under Sharia. * In the eyes of some Muslims, ISIS is doing no wrong and is in fact carrying out their duty to Allah to restore Allah’s laws (Sharia) on earth.
That is why the Iraqi government forces are losing. Ash Carter, the US Defense Secretary, said that the Iraqis showed “no will to fight.” Recently, they lost Ramadi, which US soldiers won with much the expenditure for much blood and treasure.
At the bottom of their hearts, Iraqi soldiers know that it is ISIS that has the right cause and not they. This was what Sun Tze meant when he wrote about the “Moral Law”. To get people to fight and possibly die, they must be convinced that the cause is just. The Iraqi forces defending Ramadi outnumbered ISIS’ forces. But ISIS had the conviction that Allah was on their side. Their men believed in their cause and that those who die in jihad will go to Paradise. Many were willing to die in suicide missions. Some had volunteered to drive captured US made armored vehicles loaded with explosives called Vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (Vbieds).
These Vbieds blew up the defensive perimeters set up by Iraqi forces in Ramadi. Both sides knew that ISIS had the good cause and that is why ISIS won despite numerically inferior forces. ISIS is fighting for Allah to implement his law, the Sharia. What were the Iraqi soldiers fighting for?
The ISIS beliefs are widespread all over the Middle East. That explains the results of an online poll taken by Al Jazeera that showed that 81% of its viewers support ISIS. They were not disturbed one bit at the news that ISIS took sex slaves, which appalled all non-Muslims. If they were, support for ISIS would not have reached 81%.
If 81% of Al Jazeera viewers support ISIS, it is reasonable to infer that most Iraq soldiers defending Ramadi would also have had similar views. This explained their reluctance to fight. At the back of the minds of most Iraqi soldiers would be the fear that they are fighting against Allah and that meant going to hell.
For the US to come up with the correct strategy to defeat ISIS, it must have the correct diagnosis. Otherwise, the desired results cannot follow. Instead, US leaders come up with politically correct, but factually incorrect diagnosis of the problem. It is not politically correct to say that Islam is part of the problem. I don’t think the oBUMa administration is capable of losing its political correct blinkers. So expect more failures.
*See Sahih Muslim Book 8, No. 3371 and Koran 4:24 The words, “right hand possesses” refers to slave girls.” Also see this explanation by a modern day Imam that sex with a slave girl is allowed because Prophet Mohammed did it.