We are all invited to the theater of the grotesque. The Islamic State and Al-Qaeda wish to demonstrate to us what awaits us, if we do not believe in their world view.
The black and white flag of the Jihadists and the raised index finger are marks of the absolutism and the singularity of the Salafist movement. The expansion of the Islamic State from its spawning ground in Iraq is spreading the symbols farther abroad to the Gaza Strip, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. The Islamic State announced in October 2014 that it would be adding Pakistan, Northern India, and Afghanistan to the caliphate. We should not be surprised when Spain is included in future planned conquests.
This is in keeping with the declaration made at the inception on July 4th, 2014 of the caliphate by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi that the territory would extend from India to Southern Europe within five years. He was describing the restoration of the Abbasids Caliphate.
Groups throughout the region are pledging their allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, has not sworn his allegiance and is finding his support dwindling as former followers shift their loyalty.
What the Islamic State is offering Salafists is success. It is the first of the modern Salafist movements to seize and hold territory. The caliphate is not just a future dream; it is real and now. It has all of the trappings of a modern state with the various ministries to manage the daily functions; and it has all of the trappings of the ancient Abbasids Caliphate that was the dominant force in the Middle East for five centuries until it fell in 1258.
The lost centuries under Ottoman rule saw the prominence of Middle Eastern culture recede into a backwater. The region proved to be a barrier between the rising Europeans and the riches of Asia. The construction in the latter half of the nineteenth century of the Suez Canal was to make it easier for the Europeans to bypass the area on their way to more fruitful destinations.
Only the development of petroleum over the last hundred years has given the region any significance. In spite of its value, what has petro prosperity brought to the Middle East? The vast majority of the population has a quality of life far below their counterparts in Europe and much of Asia. The regimes are autocratic and corrupt. They depend for their survival upon the foreign-owned petroleum corporations that market the black gold and upon foreign armies to assure their survival.
Baghdadi does not need to tell the millions of hopeless unemployed young men of the Middle East what they know already. They have suffered through centuries of oppression and humiliation at the hands of foreigners and Muslim pretenders.
Caliph Ibrahim is telling true Muslims around the world that they no longer have to accept an inferior status to the infidels and pretenders. The time has arrived to restore the power of Islam and exact revenge. The success of the Islamic State to seize territory and to defeat the enemy armies is being presented as proof of how close to victory the movement is.
A Celebration in Blood
What is more proof of Islamic State’s power over its impotent enemies than to drive prisoners wearing only underwear into the fields to be shot and thrown into the river? Beheading prisoners is to demonstrate the strength of the Islamic State and the weakness of the enemy. They are being denied any sense of dignity by being refused an honorable execution by beheading by the sword. They are being slaughtered as sheep on a sacrificial altar by having their throats cut by a short blade knife.
ISIS seems to take pleasure in subjecting its prisoners to gruesome deaths: drownings, beheadings, using rpg grenades on people locked in cars, crucifixions, and this method shown below, tying grenades to prisoner’s necks. The whole scene is made more repulsive by these lunatics’ constant invocations to Alluh akbar and trance-like singing. An army of zombies, perfect instrument for Washington’s murderous designs in Syria and elsewhere.
The internet and the television screen have been reformed into altars for the blood sacrifices to a god who delivers victories for the devotions. Putting the ritualized sacrifices on the internet for the world to see tells the believers of their strength and intimidates their enemies. When the president of the United States comments on the horrors or the King of Jordan mobilizes his armed forces to avenge the burning to death of a pilot, Baghdadi knows that he has the attention of the world. That is confirmation to all that he is a man to be respected and feared.
The ritualized killing of prisoners is theater; and a theatrical performance requires an audience. Mass communications is the means to tell the world of the strength of the movement. It strengthens the bonds of the believers with the movement, frightens into submission potential victims, and provokes rash responses from threatened governments.
What else mass communications does is to require a constant flow of new dramas to keep the attention of a fickle audience that has numerous other choices to satisfy a craving for distractions. This is made truer by the competition of Al-Qaeda for the attention of the world.
The burning of the Jordanian pilot in January occurred shortly before the attack in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo magazine. The video of the burning pilot and the accompanying chanting of the supporters, we will fill the sea with blood” was withheld for several days as a means of overshadowing the publicity hungry competition.
Now, Al-Qaeda must trump the Islamic State’s spectacular horror with something even more grotesque. Al-Qaeda follows the practices of striking the far off enemy which means that their next action is most likely to be in Europe or North America. An attack upon a religious center would make a grand show that is certain to provoke a severe response by angered Christians. Provoking an inter-religious war is what Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State would welcome to consolidate Muslims worldwide in the global conflict.
Major shopping centers or museums would make fine soft targets that will be certain to inflict high casualties and destroy symbols of importance to the hated infidels. Best of all for the terrorists, there are so many possibilities that it is impossible for any government to protect every potential target. In spite of their ability to attack soft targets, Al-Qaeda does not have the power to topple any government.
What is very likely to result from a costly attack is the imposition of draconian restrictions upon the public. That too will prove to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State that they are winning by destroying the democratic fabric of Western civilization.
What Al-Qaeda lacks is a real objective beyond inflicting injury. Any thought of a caliphate is far in the future and holding territory plays little part in their strategy of global wide asymmetric warfare.
Whatever new horror is employed by Al-Qaeda will force the Islamic State to find its own spectacular horror to overshadow the opposition. The recent kidnapping of nearly three hundred Christian Assyrians in northern Syria may be the first step in preparing for the next performance.
A more recent display of their power to destroy the enemy has been the use of mass burnings of prisoners in Iraq. Those have attracted little international attention and have been employed more to intimidate the locals.
The attack upon a museum in Tunisia by men trained by Islamic State forces in Libya will contribute to the weakening of the economy. Already, an Italian cruise ship line has canceled stops in the country, but the killings of tourists lacks the jarring drama that is wanted to draw global attention to the movement.
The mass burning of three hundred women and children in response to a bombing raid near Raqqa would be certain to draw global attention and could provoke an escalation in the hostility towards the Islamic State and the Muslim world.
We are all being made participants in this theater of the grotesque; and that is precisely what is intended by the use of mass communications.
SOURCE: Geopolitical Monitor
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL, DOCUMENTING MORE INSTANCES OF ISIS BARBARISM MAY BE SHOCKING TO SOME PEOPLE.
ALL THE PIOUS RHETORIC AND FAKE INDIGNATION POURING OUT OF WASHINGTON, LONDON AND PARIS, CANNOT OBSCURE THE FACT IT WAS THEY WHO CREATED AND HAVE SHIELDED ISIS FROM REAL ATTACKS, WHILE PRETENDING TO BE HORRIFIED. THE ULTIMATE IN HYPOCRISY.
The recent ISIS murders in Palmyra, one of the cradles of human civilization, were carefully orchestrated. The victims were Syrian army soldiers captured while defending Homs. They also killed a distinguished archeologist who had devoted his life to the preservation of these precious monuments.
The Desecration of Palmyra
ISIS murders 18 Syrian soldiers in Palmyra
IANS | Nov 30, 2015 / Source: India Times
IS seized full control of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, this May.
DAMASCUS: The Islamic State militant group executed 18 Syrian soldiers in the country’s ancient city of Palmyra, reported a monitor group on Monday.
The IS informed the locals of Palmyra that they were going to be executed for being part of the “infidel army” of the Syrian regime, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. These soldiers were captured during their battles against the IS militants in Palmyra.
The Britain-based watchdog group reported that the executions took place in a public square in Palmyra, stopping short of providing further details concerning the date.
In July 2014, IS released a video footage of the execution of 25 Syrian soldiers in Palmyra.
IS seized full control of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, this May.
Since then, IS has destroyed the city’s notorious military prison as well as several Islamic tombs.
IS also publicly executed individuals suspected of working for the government.
Their most recent victim was Khaled Asaad, a prominent Syrian archaeologist and a Palmyra resident for most of his life, who was dedicated to his career of studying Palmyra’s archaeological sites.
Government officials said IS militants attempted to extract information from Asaad regarding Palmyra’s “hidden gold,” which, according to them, is a myth.
Palmyra is known for its monumental ruins, the remains of a great city which was once one of the ancient world’s most important cultural centers.
Syria includes prehistoric Greek, Byzantine and Islamic archeological remains.
Before the crisis, Syria used to attract countless multinational archaeological missions, searching for historical threads in their efforts to decipher the evolution of ancient civilizations.
But there’s hope. See below.
Crimes of this magnitude need to be acknowledged. This is the least we can do for these victims of imperialist meddling, a meddling that only benefits 0.0002% of humanity—at best. And for ourselves.
“Never forget that this monster, this revoltingly barbaric new presence in the Middle East, ISIS, was created and is still sustained by the US-led “coalition”, which includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, France, Britain, and Israel. All these fantastically brutal crimes—disclaimers aside—need to be laid at their doorstep, for that’s where the real masterminds reside.”
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