Beyond the Cusp

September 22, 2014

Negotiations Palestinian Style

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According to all expectations, negotiations between Israel and the terrorist entities out of Gaza led by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, but reputed to also have elements from al-Qaeda, PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), PLFP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), Fatah, ISIS and others; are scheduled to resume later this week. These negotiations have been delayed so as to have them coincide with the Jewish High Holidays starting the day before Rosh HaShana which starts that evening. They are also scheduled to begin within two days of the termination of the month-long cessation of hostilities which some Hamas spokespeople have promised that rockets will resume raining down on Israeli cities, towns, homes, shopping malls, houses of worship, actually virtually anywhere as these rockets are launched with the expressed accuracy of a blindfolded darts shooter. All hopes within Israel are that those threats were simply more of the bluster often emanating from Palestinian spokespersons. Perhaps one way of laying out the difficulties these negotiations will present is to simply reference some of the bandying of demands and rejections which have been reported in various media sources.

Israel has repeatedly stressed their demand for the demilitarization of Gaza and the Hamas and others have simply stated that such is not even a subject to be breached at the negotiations as their weapons are necessary to their ability and actions to resist and destroy the occupation and the occupiers. Hamas spokesman and political leader Khaled Mashaal gave the media the following. “The subject of the resistance’s weapons isn’t open for negotiations. Those weapons are for fighting the occupying enemy. They are not for internal affairs.” Furthermore, there is the demand reported in the Arabic daily Al-Hayat that Doha warned it would deport Mashaal if he approved the agreement for the ceasefire framework as put forth by Egypt without insisting that Hamas’s demands construction of a seaport and airport in the Gaza Strip be incorporated as part of the agreement. Additionally, Osama Hamdan said Saturday that Israel must either accept its demands including lifting of the security blockade on Gaza and allow the construction of an airport and seaport or face “a war of attrition.” But these are the official demands and maximalist positions put forth by both sides, Israel demanding the demilitarization of Gaza to prevent the continued aggressions as constantly threatened as seen above, and on the other side, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the others insisting the end to the United Nations validated embargo which is designed to prevent, or at least minimize, the import of heavy weapon systems, more terrorist fighters and provisions for the construction of infiltration tunnels and other military bulwarks, and permit, if not assist, the construction both of an international airport and a fully equipped seaport allowing for unfettered importation of any and all goods as desired by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terror entities.

All of this aside, what are the attitudes of the people, the Palestinian street, towards Israel and the ending of the near constant levels of violence which has become so commonplace that the media does not even bother to cover such violence unless it results in fatalities, often multiple Israeli fatalities or any Palestinian fatalities or even injuries. Perhaps relating a recent series of events might shed some light on this situation. Sixteen year old Mohammed Abu Sankara was participating in one of the regular afternoon rioting in Jerusalem and was reported to have joined with others hurling rocks, some shot from slings and the throwing of Molotov cocktails. The Israeli police responded shooting sponge anti-riot shot aimed for the low at the rioters’ legs. Mohammed Abu Sankara was struck in the leg and while running, retreating, he stumbled and fell striking his head on the road surface. His injuries were of a sufficient severity that the police had him transported to a hospital. Mohammed Abu Sankara was conscious at the point of transport but subsequently fell into a coma and died two days later. What is telling was the response from his mother when approached by the press at his funeral as well as the celebratory mass parade adjoining the passage of his casket to the cemetery.

Below is a report gathered from Palestinian Authority official television by PMW (Palestinian Media Watch) but first a few comments and quotes. The one thing one needs to know is that the Palestinian Authority still grants the families of those imprisoned or who die in terror related activities, which includes those participating in their scheduled rioting and other violence, a generous stipend for life. I am not sure that any entity could give me sufficient cash rewards what would have me celebrate any of my children sacrificing themselves as they are more precious than any monetary rewards. She exclaimed to the cameras, “This is the first time I see joy in my heart. This is the first time I see such joy. Thank Allah for giving him martyrdom.” I pray for the sake of this woman’s soul that her actions were simply a rehearsed part played out for the cameras in order to provide fuel for the cause and that she had to be forced to play the part and it took many, many takes before they got the desired enthusiasm. If this was her actual emotions and pride, I feel for her and am unable to understand the motivation which could bring a mother to celebrate the tragic death of her son. I further noted in the short clip the celebratory mood of those participating in the march presumably from the remembrance ceremony to the cemetery. The exuberance and joy was the same as in numerous similar situations where a martyr was being taken to their resting place. Thusly, I realize that the majority of those participating are not friends or family but rent-a-mob participants which are readily available to the Palestinian Authority as well as to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and on and on and are able to be gathered for the cameras with only mere moments preparation. They know their role and they play their parts to perfection, or close enough for government work, which it actually is, as often these are people on the Palestinian Authority government rolls receiving a salary simply to demonstrate when needed. The unfortunate reality is this mother’s action before the cameras are indicative of other mothers from previous such celebrations for the martyrs when they are ceremoniously given their splendid and well-choreographed funerals.

The question is how can one reach an agreement for a lasting peace with a society which really does treasure death and seek death by martyrdom as their highest aspiration when you treasure life, all life including those who martyr themselves amongst your people in their public places such as the actions by Ahlam Tamimi who planned the suicide bombing on 9 August 2001 at one of Jerusalem’s Sbarro Pizza Parlors. In an interview posted on the Hamas website Ahlam Tamimi was quoted saying, “It was a calculated act, performed with conviction and faith in Allah. Jihad warriors are always ready to die as martyrs, to be arrested or to succeed. I managed to overcome the barrier of prison and was released. Why should I repent?” Speaking about those terrorists who remain in prison after the releases as part of the Gilad Shalit deal of which she was one, Ahlam Tamimi said, “We left with our heads held high. All attempts to keep us in prison, and those who remain, will soon be forsaken.” For peace there needs be some common ground between the two parties on which to construct any peace agreement, after all, it is called an agreement for a reason.

That is where the problem arises seeking a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The mistake the world makes is believing that the conflict is over territory, that is a lie and will perpetuate endless time wasting negotiations attempting to reach a border which will be honored by both sides. The Palestinian idea for making peace possible is for every last Jew to be eradicated from what they demand is their lands which include all of Israel, or as they state, from the river to the sea Palestine must be free. As recently stated by the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Iran, Salah Al-Zawawi stated, “All those people who have gathered to occupy our land must return to their countries of origin, leaving behind only the Palestinian Jews, with whom we had lived in love, respect, and fraternity. I would like to reiterate my gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran for the training, financing, and weapons it has provided us, as well as for its political and diplomatic positions regarding Palestine. Iran has helped us to attain our great victory. I am not saying that Palestine will be liberated tomorrow, but we have made real strides on the path to liberation. A missile with a 200 kilogram warhead will carry a warhead of 100 tons in the future, because weapons change as men change. We just need to cross the scientific threshold to get to our goal.” That makes their position amply clear except there is a small problem with his assertions, the Jews in Israel are finally home in their original country, it is the Jews dispersed around the world who needs to be brought home to Israel. Further, even if his intentions were accurate, would the Arab nations be acceptable reaccepting the descendants of the eight-hundred-fifty-thousand Jews who were dispossessed between 1945 and 1955? I honestly have my doubts. Further, there is a reason that the Jews who live in the many and various locations in the nations of the world other than Israel are referred to as the Diaspora; that is that they have not returned home and are still residing in where their wanderings have led them as a result of their families’ original dispersion to the far corners of the world, or at least the far corners of the Roman Empire, depriving them of the right to live in their homelands, the land that all the Jews originally came out from. So, sure, bring all the Jews to the one and only land which has ever been their home, bring them back to Eretz Yisroel.

Beyond the Cusp

September 21, 2014

President Obama Dodging Middle East Fireballs

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There are three major items where President Obama had taken some of the responsibility for their resolution. There are the Gordian Knott known as the Israeli-Arab (Palestinian) Peace Process, there is ISIS which is beheading and crucifying victims right and left and threatening to expand their reign of terror across the Middle East and threaten to bring ruination to the shores of America and the Nuclear Negotiations with Iran to avoid a nuclear eruption in the Middle East. With such pressing and burdensome problems, one can only hope it has not put off his golf game, after all, a man has to have his priorities straight. The question which needs to be answered in each of these cases is what plan has President Obama put forth and what are the chances his plans have for success. President Obama may be batting better than one thinks, but that also depends on how the President is measuring success.

Taking the Israel-Arab (Palestinian) peace talks first. With the recent conflict initiated by Hamas against Israel out of Gaza the President actually received a saving present as nobody expected any talks or progress as long as the violence continued. We do not know for sure if the fighting is finished as Hamas has threatened numerous times to reinitiate rockets raining onto Israeli towns and cities if their demands for an unabridged and completely free of obstructions or inspections international airport and seaport and the removal of the Israeli arms embargo and the lifting of the Egyptian complete closure of their border including the Rafah crossings. Egypt has already refused to open the Rafah and other crossings between Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula as when it has allowed temporary passage in the past it almost always led to terrorist attacks on Egyptian position in Gaza or even in mainland Egypt by Muslim Brotherhood terrorists who Egypt suspects are provided safe haven in Gaza and may actually have a secret base and training area within Gaza. Israel has gone so far as to agree to permit for a trial effort the supplying of Gaza with building provisions including dual use items which in the past Hamas had stolen in large quantities to build their bunkers and tunnels including tunnels into Israel for the purpose of kidnapping Israelis as well as to facilitate attacks on the communities and kibbutzim closes to Gaza. The main reason that Israel stepped up their search for the infiltration tunnels during the last conflict, Defensive Edge, was due to capturing plans which laid out the plans for a huge raid to take place this week during Rosh HaShana, Jewish New Year, replete with fake IDF uniforms and motorbikes in position in the tunnels ready for the assault. Their plans were to abduct tens if not hundreds of Israelis, soldiers and civilians, and then murder as many Israelis as possible even taking raids into central Israel Mumbai style. There is no way logically that anybody could pressure Israel to surrender any position and allow Hamas and Islamic Jihad open access to import whatever they desire, especially with Hamas main provider, Qatar, who just took delivery on their order for top of the line leading edge weapons of war such as Apache Attack Helicopters, Patriot Anti-missile Systems and Javelin anti-tank weapons systems, and in sufficient quantities such as to provide each citizen of Qatar just over $5,000 in weapons each. Their purchase came to $11 billion and one can only wonder what Qatar might be planning to do with all these weapons and why such a purchase coincides with Hamas insisting on two main demands, open borders through which they have unfettered import abilities including weapons one has to assume and the release of hundreds of terrorist prisoners in exchange for the remains of a pair of IDF soldiers. Is it just me or does demanding terrorist releases in exchange for the remains of two dead IDF soldiers sound a bit ghoulish? Peace, or at least a Hudna, has to be achieved before the Peace Process can be restarted and that will depend on the state of the ever so more quickly crumbling unity Palestinian government stands and if there will be elections, highly doubtful. The possibility of elections was one of the main reasons for the Hamas offensive, in order to give Hamas former Prime Minister Haniyeh a boost in the polls as he was lagging Abbas before the fifty day conflict, now polls have him holding almost a two to one advantage over Abbas. The other reason was possible orders from Iran to take the pressure and world’s attention off of their nuclear negotiations, which it definitely had done. President Obama pretty much dodged having the pressures of the peace process hanging over his head.

Taking ISIS next, here President Obama may have pulled a near perfect play with just the right spin and enough wiggle room and blame the Congress and Republicans that he will escape this problem smelling like a rose and unscathed without even pricking his finger on a rose thorn. President Obama gave a somewhat lackluster speech detailing in general terms his outline for initially containing and setting back ISIS on their swarming across Iraq and Syria followed by the United States providing necessary air support and tactical bombing of ISIS vital interests and supplies as well as using airstrikes to weaken ISIS abilities militarily by destroying their heavy equipment and tactical provisions. The President promised tactical assistance and left open the possibility for limited advisors but made clear that the United States was not going to provide the soldiers on the ground and that those who were threatened or may end up threatened would need to step up and do the groundwork, so to speak. President Obama was careful not to predict any resolution and especially a quick resolution or even turn of the situation from its current dangers and those results he placed squarely on the nations in the area to step up, take the lead and provide the resolve necessary to rid the Middle East of the threat from ISIS. The one area where President Obama may find difficulties down the road will come should any of the Syrian rebels who are cleared and vetted to receive aid from the United States should step up and replace ISIS as the next claimant to be the new Caliphate. I wish I had a dollar for every group whose leader thought himself worthy of leading the new Caliphate as the Caliph. President Obama also stated that all he could promise was that ISIS abilities would be degraded in the short term and that it would likely take time before any noticeable progress would be made. He stated clearly that the United States efforts alone will not resolve the ISIS situation and that a quick victory is not to be expected. He definitely made it clear that the fight with ISIS will not be an issue in this fall’s election and very well may still be undecided by the time the 2016 Presidential elections arrive and that would only be because the nations of the Middle East had not taken the initiative to resolve the problem. He will be doing exactly what he laid out and that would be it, the rest was up to those in the thick of things to take the offensive and resolve.

This is where the measure of President Obama’s efforts is dependent upon what it is President Obama intended to have for the outcome. The talks with Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, Britain, France + Germany) have been progressing even slower than has the Iranian progress in producing nuclear weapons. The first thing any discussion of these negotiations must cover is the position of the members of P5+1. The easiest two are Russia and China as they really are not all that concerned should Iran become a nuclear power as they do not fear such as a threat to them or any of their allies. Russia has friendly relations, trading relations and is in negotiations to build five additional nuclear reactors within Iran and China is a major purchaser of Iranian oil and had friendly trade relations. Germany and France take an official position opposing Iran becoming a nuclear power and claims to enforce any embargoes and sanctions but had near immediate trade missions rushing to Iran as soon as some of the sanctions were eased up upon. Britain also takes a similar position as France and Germany but was somewhat more reserved about rushing into deals with Iran when the sanctions were eased. The United States is a bit more difficult to explain as it all depends upon which department and branch of the government you are referring to as to where they stand on Iran becoming a nuclear power. The State Department would be equally satisfied no matter which way the problem resolves. They have a fair number of highly placed individuals who believe that it would be only fair to have Iran become a nuclear power in order to be a balance against the Israeli nuclear arsenal. These same people would be simply fat and happy should every nation in the Middle East became a nuclear power balancing the Israeli power and they see no possible threat to world peace should such a scenario become realized. The Defense Department is against any nation having nuclear weapons outside the United States as such would make their jobs so much easier. The Congress has made their stance well known by their actions, though the two houses do not apparently agree, or at least do not act in harmony. The House of Representatives has passed numerous pieces of legislation demanding harsher sanctions be placed upon Iran and when the Administration eased some of the sanctions the House of Representatives went all out passing even stricter sanctions legislation for Iran sanctions. Fortunately for the President, the House of Representatives cannot force him to have to decide whether to sign or veto such legislation, at least not without the Senate also passing the legislation the House of Representatives passed. The Senate has yet to make their positions clear as the legislations from the House of Representatives never seem to find their way to the Senate floor for discussion. They do not even make it into committee for discussions and a vote. Actually, it is unknown what happens to these pieces of legislation once they are sent to the Senate, it is as if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid uses them to light cigars or something, but they appear to get lost somewhere in his office waiting for scheduling to appear on the docket for Senatorial considerations. I suspect that the Senate Majority Leader is acting as a shield for the White House and simply stonewalling the House of Representatives legislation on the Iranian nuclear sanctions.

That leaves the opinions of President Obama. Judging from what President Obama has stated on the record and in speeches and answering the Press, he is dead set against Iran ever developing nuclear weapons and is prepared to do whatever it takes to prevent such an eventuality. He has regularly stated in response to the possibility of using the military option to prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb as stating that the military option “is on the table” and still a viable and available choice. Judging from what we have observed and input from several sources it appears safe to say that the military option is most definitely on the table and on the table is where it will remain as long as President Obama controls the table. It would be a good guess to say that everything that is on the table will remain there and that the negotiations will remain locked up with Iran slowly but surely diluting the sanctions and nobody taking step one to shore them up and keep what is left on the sanction in place. The most dependable action from the Administration has been the leaks at the most inopportune time when they will have the greatest effect in demolishing any plans Israel might be putting together to attack the Iranian nuclear program such that Israel is placed back at square one. This has included leaks of confidential information which Israel had provided willingly to what was perceived to be an ally and since the initial couple there has always been somewhere in the ruling coalition, even in the Security Cabinet, a mole feeding the American Administration any plans and other important items vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear program and Israeli plans. Early on in Prime Minister Netanyahu current stint the leaks were provided, it is suspected, by then Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. Who is the responsible person currently is anybody’s guess. We have our favorites but without definitive proof it would be unwise to throw around loose accusations. From all appearances, President Obama is simply attempting to run out the clock with either proof of an Iranian nuclear devise being tested or, Heaven forbid, used proving beyond any doubt that Iran has become a nuclear power or until his term runs out and he can pass this problem to the next occupant of the White House. Another possibility is that it is known though not publicized that Iran has already joined the nuclear weapons possessing club and is making additional weapons as we speak and is simply carrying on with the negotiations so as to wait until the next President takes office and six months into power is faced with proof of an Iranian nuclear device. The probability that Iran has not already realized and made the necessary developmental requirements to produce almost any nuclear device from a simple atomic bomb to a complex Hydrogen miniaturized warhead that with selectable yields and multiple warhead design capable of delivering as many as eight warheads each individually guided to separate targets is highly likely. The only lacking item, if there is such, might be a missile system capable of reaching anywhere on the globe. That is the question, does Iran possess an ICBM capable of hitting the United States and anywhere else they may choose. Iran has placed satellites into low Earth orbit which implies they have such capability though guidance may leave something to be desired, but with such weapons accuracy is not as crucial to strike and damage targets such as cities. It will be interesting to find out how much President Obama knew and when he attained such knowledge on a number of different and disparate subjects but that will have to wait for history to reveal, I should live that long. Until then we can only assume and guess and then wait for the doubters’ scorn.

Beyond the Cusp

September 20, 2014

Potentially Righteous Cause but ISIS is the Wrong Group and Wrong Method

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The extremist Islamist terrorist groups, ISIS, released a video (See Below) presumably laying out their grievances and the plan they claim is their goal and the means by which to accomplish their desired end. First and foremost we want to make clear that in no way does our presenting reasons why their grievances have merit mean we support their actions or even the end result such a resolution would produce. ISIS is claiming that their fight is to undo the subversion and sabotage inflicted on the Arab and Muslim causes as a result of the Sykes-Picot agreement. The Sykes-Picot agreement was a treaty entered into by the victors of World War I and initiated for the most part by the British and French whereby the lands of the Ottoman Empire were broken into the countries which currently still exist across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The borders of these countries ignored tribal lands, family potentates and other logical and binding areas and intentionally broke these groups such that the borders placed parts from each existing community in separate countries. In some cases these borders ignored promises made with Arabs and other groups made by the British and French in order to gain additional forces fighting with them against the Ottoman Empire. Where the reasons which caused the Ottoman Empire to enter World War I can be debated ad-nauseum, the validity and merit matter little as their choice was made and they chose poorly. What also should be mentioned about the results of World War I is that many of the borders drawn in Europe that broke up the Austria-Hungarian Empire were also formed with little concern for existing communal groups and appears to have used a similar design as the borders of Sykes-Picot had done to MENA peoples.

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The basic design behind Sykes-Picot was to form nations which would, by design, suffer from internal rivalries and violence requiring the ruling government to allot much of their time and resources to quelling these rivalries and maintaining order. The method setup by the French and British with the endorsement and confirmations of the allied powers was to place compromised and controllable dictators in power over these fragmented and often rivalrous sectarian segments of the society which would tend to have hostile relations causing breakouts of violence which would require the governance to quell the fractious groups which might require assistance from the European power each would be paired with. The demarcation of responsibility lines between France (Blue Area and Area ‘A’ under French Mandate will become Syria and northern Iraq), Britain (Pink Area and Area ‘B’ under British Mandate will become Transjordan and southern Iraq), Russia (Yellow Area), Italy (Green shaded and Area ‘C’ under Italian Mandate) and International Area under League of Nations and Allied control (Tan Area which was the area from which Israel was formed and was left mostly to British control) are displayed in the map below.

Sykes-Picot Map

ISIS claims that their desire is to erase the false borders imposed by the Western powers after the end of World War I with the defeat of Germany, Austria-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Their claim is that the dividing of the lands which were united under the Ottoman Empire denied the Muslim peoples of their Caliphate and that wrong must be nullified and erased by the formation or renewal of the Caliphate with its borders erasing the Western imposed individual states with the unified Caliphate. What the leadership of ISIS is intentionally ignoring is the right of the victorious powers after a conflict, especially one in which they were the responding powers fighting a defensive war against the aggressors who initiated the hostilities. They are enabled to disposes those lands as they desire even to incorporating them under their banner and retaining rule over those areas. Initially this was what the allied powers did with the conquered lands of the Ottoman Empire and in time drew their arbitrary lines and established puppet states. The argument the allied powers probably made was by setting the borders as they did, it fulfilled the majority of their promises which were given those who cooperated and assisted their efforts against the Ottoman Empire. Whatever the reasoning, the allied powers had legal rights to do as they chose with the lands in question under International law applicable at that time.

That leads directly to the question, how could the Caliphate be reestablished other than by force of arms? The most obvious answer is that the peoples of the individual nations could elect new leadership and petitions the other nations, those would need to likewise elect leadership so inclined and reestablish the Caliphate uniting one nation after the other through elections and new treaties. This method would take time, effort and a uniting of peoples from different tribes and other differentiating alliances within each nation and then do the same with even more peoples, groups, tribes, and religious sects within Islam as they added additional nations to the reestablishing Caliphate. Of course there is the downside of not being able to pillage cities and towns, pilfer and rob banks and financial institutions, destroy ancient religious and cultural sites from antiquity selling off the precious items located to black market thieves, murder those who might disagree with your plans or methods or simply because they worship in a different form of Islam or religion other than Islam under the banner of righteous cleansing and establishing the one true form of Islam, and simply butchering and raping your way as you go marauding across the entire Middle East should you succeed at your quest for a new Caliphate. Hopefully you have kept an idea in the back of your tiny little brains that should you murder all who fail to measure up to your particular ideas and ideals then you will not have many people in your caliphate and that could cause some real difficulties along the way and potentially ally so many against your idea of how to populate your caliphate that you will utterly fail. Perhaps if ISIS was being a little more compassionate and inclusive, they might find the world somewhat concerned about the issues ISIS claims to be fighting for; but doing so would take a bite out of their taking pleasures as they present themselves in any opportunity.

That is the first of many problems being caused by ISIS and the methodology they are pursuing to form their dreamed of Caliphate. Add to those problems there are also those same Western nations which came together and so carefully; all-right, so carelessly and with little effort or thought; crafted their divisions of the land establishing borders as they saw fit, or by a bump of an elbow assisting in drawing parts of the border for Jordan as it has been alleged. Then there is the violence which you have displayed which included direct threats to the Western nations as you flagrantly performed the inhuman act of beheading thus far three citizens of these nations, freelance reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff from the United States as well as aid worker David Haines from Britain with another British victim threatened to be beheaded presumed to be Alan Henning who was delivering aid such as medical supplies and other necessities. Where ISIS claims they are performing acts of righteousness and are being guided by the Quran, the Hadiths and practicing Islam in the manner of Muhammad; the rest of the world even including many of the Islamic faith (even a spokesperson claiming to represent al-Qaeda) have denounced ISIS because of their limitless brutality and inexcusable actions against the innocent including children. There have been comparisons equating ISIS plundering, malevolence and slaughtering of innocents to that of the Mongol Hordes, though the brutalities committed by ISIS may make the Mongols acts pale by comparison. The worst is accusing ISIS of such criminal malevolence would be received as if a compliment, and there lies the base reason that their defeat, nay, evisceration is necessary. Some actions can only be interpreted as a cancerous tumor which murders everything precious and valuable that falls within its grasp and as such must be excised and expunged simply to restore the return of civilized behavior and peoples.

Forces such as ISIS have aspects that though disturbing to most still attracts a segment of society, mostly outcasts and mentally defective souls who, when able, will ally with ISIS willingly, even anxiously, as has Boko Haram, another terrorist entity which practice similar traits that ISIS performs such as rape and selling of young women into slavery, even sexual slavery, beheading and murdering those who worship in other manners than exactly the prescribed manner of Boko Haram ideas of Islam. One must consider that ISIS was denounced and rejected by al-Qaeda as being too extreme even for those extremists. ISIS has announced their intention in their video to erase all the lines, the borders imposed, presumably illegally according to ISIS claiming they were forbidden by Islam, by the Western powers starting with the one the spokesperson is standing upon, the Syrian-Iraqi border. The spokesperson points out the border police station building just before it is detonated and destroyed, claiming that just that form or marking of any borders currently in existence will face the same degree of violation. Such fortuitous and infantile savagery is a refusal of the Western ideals of civility and as thus is simply the conflict between the Islamic lands within MENA and Western civilization of Europe and North America. One could almost draw a similarity to the divided world in Orwell’s 1984 with some alterations but still with three major divisions and the threats from each on Oceania. That aside, the threat from ISIS is a direct threat placing their perception of Islam and the teachings from Muhammad and the stated expectations from Allah as interpreted from the Quran and Hadiths. What is necessary and will be of great interest are the reactions from the Islamic nations, especially those who face the most immediate threat from ISIS. The Western nations who take part in the coalition should and must have the Islamic nations of MENA who elect to join the efforts to deter and hopefully eliminate the threats posed by ISIS to state their purpose. Where it is acceptable for their reason to be self-preservation; it would be far more preferable if their reasoning was to eliminate this malignant form of Islam as it is unacceptable and goes against the teachings of the Quran, Muhammad, and most of all Allah. Their reason, if it should become known, will tell the world much about the real teachings in the Quran and how they are viewed by those who make up the body of Islam, namely the Muslim nations around the world. If ISIS is claimed to be acting properly as viewed by the Islamic world and they join the coalition, assuming they will, simply for the reason of maintaining their rule and not because ISIS is blaspheming Islam, then the rest of the world should expect at some future date for the Islamic world to attack the rest of the world demanding as ISIS has that all believe exactly as they do or face a genocidal cleansing. This is the most frightening thing about ISIS, that they are acting exactly as an obedient Muslim should act once they have surrendered their will to Allah.

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