This quote by former US president Barak Obama (21 August 2014) is representative of the standard response in the west when confronted by groups committing acts of violence in the name of Islam. Yet, ISIS:
•Has the Muslim confession of faith on their flag
•Is seeking to re-establish the archetypal Islamic form of governance (the caliphate)
•Justify the actions of its members through endless quotations from the Qur’an and Sunnah
•Implemented the standard Islamic response to captured enemies (convert, pay tax or die) as enshrined in the Code of Umar
•Beheaded disbelieving enemies in direct of obedience to Qur’an 8:12: “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”
No victory can ever be won if you are in complete denial about the nature and motives of your enemies. Claiming that ‘This is not about Islam’ while the expansion of Islam is so clearly at the very heart of what ISIS is about means that your tactics will always be doomed to failure.
Is Islam really a ‘Religion of Peace’? Get to the bottom of this vital question by reading ‘Nothing to do with Islam? – Investigating the West’s Most Dangerous by Blind Spot‘ by Peter Townsend