Beyond the Cusp

September 25, 2014

Jewish New Year Wishes and Hard Realities

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First off let me wish all a Shana Tova (שנה טובה). The wish for all is one filled with hopes for blessings and great wonders granting fulfillment and meeting all your needs at ample levels such that you are able to share your great fortune and blessings with others. May the world melt away with all its threats and menacing situations that will only grow more frightening if allowed to fester like a wound spreading its infectious poisons weakening the rest of the body of the surrounding societies. Still, for each of us we can always shut the troubled world out as we isolate ourselves in the safety and warmth of our personal castles, our little corner of the world where our decisions are the law of the manor. For the next day when again we are obliged to enter the world with all its threats and dangers which are more real and personal in some places than in others, let our steps find grace and protection from the threats and dangers which surround us each and every day. So, let us work to keep those parts of our world over which we have dominion be ordered and safe with considerations for doing that which will serve the better inspirations and avoid the poisons which are defined in the morning prayers as the evil inclinations. But still there are those threats, both near and far, which being beyond our control, consist of risks and perils which seem to escalate with each day that they are not effectively countered by those in governments with whom we have entrusted our safety and protection.

Today is also the start of the new year for the United Nations General Assembly where numerous leaders and people of prestige and importance, both perceived and actual, are given the podium where they often make speeches full of impressive words and pontifications which are full of sounds and fury but often signify little more than empty phrases. But interspersed there are those few who set in motion perils, threats and plots which endanger some in order to use the blunt power the United Nations is capable of putting in motion to grant one group favors through force of arms taking it from another group not favored in the eyes of the world which makes up the United Nations. Fortunately these threats are only encouraged and backed by the General Assembly where mob rule is the law of suggestion and little more as without the guarantee of military force there is no enforcement beyond the intimidations of popular opinion and raucous protests filled with criticisms of little minds while these same insisting demands are refused and voted down in the Security Council where the five powers which hold the greatest sway in this sole place where through Chapter Seven, the place of most serious concerns which deserve greater enforcement than their suggestions under Chapter Six, will set in motion demands which carry the force of the greatest powers in the world and the military pressures and enforcements which actually change the realities in the world.

There will once again this year be another charade with the little man demanding he be respected and that his demands be enforced and that those who he claims are stealing everything from his people, a people whose claims are made by repeating the actual history of the people they intend to destroy and vanquish taking the lands promised them by the entire world almost a century ago when the forerunner of the United Nations, the League of Nations, in a near unanimous vote granted these ancient people the rights to their homeland as described in one of the world’s oldest known manuscripts, but that must be overturned as everybody knows that their claim must be refused because they are not popular and are refused any consideration by so many people in the world and their numbers are so small they have no power to enforce their claims and we are populous and threaten any who are so impertinent as to refuse to support and give us everything we demand. These strange and verbose complaints have become a regular offering every year in September with the opening ceremonies at the United Nations where many pompous individuals go to be granted their moment in the limelight, but for this peculiar pontificator will once again make grand claims to the ancestral homeland of his people, a people whose origins can be traced all the way back to 1964 when Yasser Arafat with his second in command, Mahmoud Abbas, formed the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and made the original claim to the lands of Palestine which were defined as all of the lands between the Jordanian held West Bank and the Egyptian held Gaza and the Mediterranean Sea and the Sinai to the south and Lebanon to the north, also one could describe this land as the lands within the Green Line, also known as Israel. Yasser Arafat is gone so we will not be privileged to have a little man with a three day beard, fatigues, despite never having been a soldier, a kefiyah carefully shaped to resemble a map of Israel, and a loaded revolver strapped to his side addressing the United Nations General Assembly armed in a city where owning a gun is near impossible in front of a gathering which presumably seeks and enforces peace, and this little man stood at the podium armed in the halls of the United Nations. Instead we will have his original second in command and who is a man of peace just as was his former boss, Yasser Arafat, the man who invented the hijacking of planes for political ransoms, we will hear from Mahmoud Abbas, some refer to him as Yasser Arafat in a suit, who will make the same tired demands that the Israelis, the Jews, the Zionists be forced to give his people their proper ancestral lands which they have lived in for, according to his claims earlier this year, for the last nine thousand years.

Abbas has never bothered to explain how this is possible as these very same lands have a written history which tells of the Israelites after their Exodus they conquering these lands from the Canaanites killing every last one as they were considered an abomination to G0d, no Arabs were present at that time. Later these lands were conquered by the Assyrians; there were no Arabs at that time. They were conquered by the Babylonians; there were no Arabs at that time. Next, these lands came under Persian rule as they swept across the area; there were no Arabs at that time. Then these same lands were conquered by the Greeks; still there were no Arabs at that time. Then the Romans rolled through these lands on their way to conquering the known world and this stretch of land was on the way to Egypt; there still were no Arabs in these lands. The Judeans, the remaining tribe of the Israelites, were a restless and rancorous people who did not take well to being ruled and not permitted their worship in their temple and attempted to throw off Roman rule. They met with mostly failure and greater oppressions but eventually they succeeded in repelling the Romans for a short period, a period just long enough for the Romans to gather four legions returning with vengeance and a lust for complete subjugation which they were unable to fulfill as these obstinate people who refused Roman rule at Masada who after constructing a ramp were denied their victory as rather than face life as Roman slaves the Judean chose suicide (pictured below including the Roman ramp and base camp); still there were no Arabs. So, when did the first Arabs arrive in these lands you ask? Well, it was not until half a millennia, over five hundred years after the Romans took Masada, a full five hundred years after the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and carried the treasures of the Temple off to Rome, to Rome where Titus’s Arch, complete with stone relief of the Temple treasures being carried off, was erected to Honor Titus and the Roman accomplishment (picture of arch relief below). As there are historic records from the Jewish Bible, Babylonian writings, Persian writings, Greek historic poems and records, Roman records and all of these conquerors found no Arabs inhabiting these lands but they did find and record the presence of the Hebrews or Jews depending on the stage in history where these lands fell from Israelite rule.

Masada

titus-arch

Mahmoud Abbas headed off to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly where he is guaranteed a warm and welcoming reception from the majority of the almost two-hundred nations’ representatives and their visiting dignitaries who have come to join in the festivities. This is guaranteed as there are twenty plus Arab nations represented, another dozen Muslim majority nations, the Nonaligned Member Nations (NAM) which includes many of the Arab and Muslim nations with an additional eighty to hundred additional nations and observer nations (one of which is one of the five permanent nations with a veto in the Security Council, China) which guarantees Mahmoud Abbas will be cheered and applauded by minimally one-hundred-thirty-seven nations who will willingly give their support to any scheme or plan he presents giving Israel, a member state of the United Nations, no regard or concern even to the point of demanding Israel cease to exist as it now stands if that were to ever be set to a vote. Perhaps this is part of the reason the General Assembly is only empowered to make suggestions which need the approval of all nations involved or affected in any manner and if only one nation refuses the action of the General Assembly, even the most reviled before the majority in the General Assembly, then the suggestion is invalidated and made void. The most applicable example might be the General Assembly Resolution 181 carried by a vote on November 29, 1947, which called for the establishment of both a Jewish and an Arab state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea which was actually accepted by the Zionist Jews but refused by the Arab League as they planned an assault to destroy Israel immediately after its founding. Had the Arabs accepted this provision there would have been a Palestinian Arab state formed in 1948 but they decided to turn to war and take all the land and would have except their military assault failed. They have been attempting to erase the little Jewish state of Israel ever since and their machinations continue to this day and will be presented to the United Nations by Mahmoud Abbas in his address to the General Assembly.

Mahmoud Abbas made a brief stop in Paris, France on his way to New York to meet with French President François Hollande to implore him to support the secretive new plan to force a favorable resolution from the Security Council against Israel. President François Hollande gave his hearty support guaranteeing Abbas that he would do all in his power to pass his latest and greatest plan to force Israel to comply. This super-secret plan has one small flaw, Abbas has made this same demand every year for quite some time and this year’s secret addition, he has a new wrinkle every year otherwise his droning on with his litany of complaints and accusations of Israeli crimes would become tedious. This year Mahmoud Abbas is going to demand that the Security Council pass an enforceable Chapter Seven Resolution which will demand that Israel vacate all of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem within three years or else, which includes all of the Old City and the Temple Mount which will deny the Israelis from having access to dozens of the holiest sites in Judaism. The first question many might ask is or else what. The answer is that as a Chapter Seven Resolution if Israel fails to fully retreat from all of the contested areas of which under international law Israel has a greater claim to all of the lands than does any other nation and especially the deceptive and fictional Palestinians, the invention of an Egyptian terrorist with delusions of destroying Israel, murdering the Jews residing there and taking their lands, homes and treasures and expecting the complicity of the entire world. Abbas has assumed the leadership after Arafat’s demise and has not missed an opportunity to refuse any and every compromise knowing that anything short of the complete eradication of Israel would be accepted by the terror state he has been elected once to lead. There have been elections scheduled at least twice since Abbas presumably won after his supporting staff counted the ballots and he has cancelled all of them but still claims he was duly elected. The probable result will be a General Assembly Resolution which will give Abbas the ability to claim that the Israelis must surrender and grant him his maximalist demands because he got the support of the mob of the dictatorial nations and human rights violators all who join Abbas in his hatred of Israel and the Jews attempting to force the world to grant his desires ignoring international law and the agreements, including the Oslo Accords, to which he is a signatory.

The fear is that by some misadventure of fate the Security Council Resolution to force Israel to surrender absolutely and completely before the wildest demands because there was no veto placed by any of the five permanent nations, China, Britain, Russia, France and the United States. Abbas has already received assurances from France that they are behind him completely which may explain why Jews are fleeing before rampant anti-Semitism which has exploded beyond reason across all of France. Abbas knows he has the support of both Russia and China which leaves Britain and the United States. There are some who might question whether United States President Obama might instruct United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to abstain or actually vote in favor or there is a possibility that the woman, Samantha Power, who once stated in an interview that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could require a sizeable United States military intervention to enforce the formation of a Palestinian state and defend it from Israel with the decision of borders by executive decision from the White House forcing whatever that decision would be. The excerpt from that interview is below.

Would President Obama instruct Ambassador Power to not veto Abbas’s proposition and allow it to pass as Chapter Seven and then offer United States military personnel to enforce this edict? Would Ambassador Power completely on her own volition decide that the time has come to force a solution and that this is the perfect opportunity to deliver on her theory and how could anybody blame her for taking this opportunity to fairly and resolutely as such an opportunity to enact her theory and apply the R2P (right to protect) to protect and save the Palestinian from the potential genocide that Ms. Power has previously claimed they may face at some point because of Israeli aggressions despite the fact that Israel has only ever used military force in response to attacks upon Israelis. That would leave Britain which in the past has either abstained or vetoed such previous attempts. There has never been an actual resolution voted on by the Security Council as Abbas has either backed away from taking his demands before the Security Council fearing a veto from one of the five permanent members which would be a setback which could poison the well, so to speak. The British Ambassador would need to check with London and then it would depend on British Prime Minister David Cameron. The fact that Prime Minister Cameron is instructing one of the five permanent member’s vote in the Security Council at a time when the United States dependability to protect Israel from the animosities emerging from Turtle Bay are in question may prove to be a deliverance of fate or from a higher source. The potential for high drama starts today or whenever Abbas takes to the podium before the General Assembly and the wait to see if he will actually take to the Security Council arm in arm with François Hollande or the unfortunate French Ambassador to the United Nations who may be assigned to gather the rewards of befriending Abbas and encouraging his perfidy.

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September 23, 2014

Palestinian Extremist Violence Leading to Surprise Eventuality

The stories of increasing Palestinian extremists excessive violence are rising to the point that even the most optimistic coverage is unable to avoid reports of gunmen firing fully-automatic rifles aimed randomly while marching through Arab neighborhoods, rock-throwing ambushes against school buses full of children, school children traumatized by the screams emanating from the Gaza government building next door to their school as Hamas tortures unfortunates suspected of any offense against their rule and other horror stories that often are represented outside of Israel as the crimes of the Israelis against the Palestinians when the truth does not fit the approved narrative of Israel is always in the wrong. These horrors are in addition to the terrorisms unleashed almost daily on the Israelis who have the misfortune of living in proximity to Palestinian Arab neighborhoods or the life-threatening experiences of those with Israeli license plates, whether Jew or Arab, who make a wrong turn and as a result fall into an ambush set at locations most likely to provide them with victims, as they are known routes that GPS systems direct the unknowing. The violence enters people’s lives in so many and various ways, some predictable and some almost randomly, but all are traumatizing and leave lasting damage. The reality which many are unaware as the news is slanted, if for no other reason than often the allowable sources are painting a tainted picture fitting a political viewpoint over the truth, and the reality desired is presented over reality as if every outlet tells the same lie then that becomes the truth. All of this will eventually result in an outcome which will not be concealable despite the inexplicable result which will seem completely unfathomable.

History is full of surprises where suddenly the going status-quo is turned on its head by a wave of revolution by a people who are completely fed up with the mistreatment coming from those who were reputed to represent the very same people but actually were stealing the very resources, absconding with the majority of the funding provided by a compliant world, and oppressing and intimidating the population in order to keep them repressed and compliant so that they can continue their misrule and mistreatment of the population. Such suppression of the general population by keeping them under thumb and compliant through force and stealing from the public trough in order to carry out aggressions which result in the destruction of the infrastructure which is left destroyed while the structures of their militant and terrorist structures ignoring the distress of the general population and eventually the people will tire and lose any support for those who have shown them such complete disdain. This was the truth that struck and spread through Europe with one revolution after the other removing Kings, Czars and other regal rulers. The original revolutions often failed to produce a new leadership which was any preferable and more attuned to the desires and needs of the people. These too would soon fall, some faster than others, and through trial and error, often more error than trial, and eventually they found governance which served the people.

The changes are coming to the entire Middle East centuries after it swept Europe, but coming it is. The changes will come because the world has become more transparent and interconnected. As nations who are emerging will face transitional forces that will only build as those who currently rule take whatever steps they believe are necessary to continue their reign and resist any transformations which would sweep them from their positions of luxury and power. What makes this such a sad and disturbing tale is that if the regal rulers would simply transform their positions from one of ruling as absolute monarchs into one of a ceremonial nature which heralds back to their historic past and serve as a link instead of becoming a reviled oppressor they could continue to enjoy their privileged lives while liberating their people and joining them in a new and positive future. This was the venue taken in the best known example with the royal family of England where the King or Queen has their privileged lifestyle and the people have their freedom and the old and the new coexist peaceably. The English Crown has even served as a positive force which can inspire the people beyond that possible by any from their elected government. During World War II in England while Prime Minister Churchill made rousing speeches and led inspirationally, the Queen showing up in southern London during the blitz and joining, even ceremoniously and not actually performing extensive manual labors, assisting by carrying some bricks and clearing a few pieces of rubble but also being one with her people did more to inspire the people than was ever possible by the actions of anybody in the government. Such can be the influence and healthy empowerment of those in regal positions who relented giving up their power to a people hungry to affect change and move to self-rule. The English example is, unfortunately, the exception rather than the rule as most absolute leaders refuse to step aside when the forces of history echo the calls for change and pay the ultimate price for their resistance and obstinacy.

This change is coming to the Middle East and even Islam will eventually yield to the desire of the people to live a better and more free life. There will be numerous trials and tribulations on the way into self-governance. The more the current dictatorial and absolute rulers resist the change, the more violent and the more turbulent the transformation to a governance that represents the wills of the people over the desires and personal appetites of their current leaders will be. The probability that the initial changes will produce a leadership not much improved, eventually the governance will represent the will of the people just as was proven historically by the European experience, a traumatic experience in most cases, but a productive eventuality. The one admonition is that any governance has the same property as any living entity, to grow, expand its footprint, increase its consumption, establish dominance over its surroundings, and eventually growing beyond the ability for its civilizations, its population, to comfortably support which will lead eventually to the need to replace the overgrown, voracious and usurpatious rule. Perhaps this necessity for periodic reform, or possibly replacement, was best stated by American Revolutionist and principle author of the American Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, when he stated, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” I can add nothing, nor would I even try, to such an authority, wordsmith and statesman as Thomas Jefferson.

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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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