Category: Syria

Something fundamentally disturbing

France Has Been No Friend to Muslims By Gordon Adams, November 17, 2015   Once again, a violent jihadi terrorist attack has hit France, this time with at least 450 victims, 129 of them fatal. Rallying around the French flag, even pasting it over our Facebook avatars, follows, because an attack on European soil somehow …

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If in the next breath

Beating Back ISIS By Martin Accad, February 20, 2015   Every few days, we seem to wake up to another massacre committed by ISIS. And these are, of course, only the ones that the media reports. ISIS, in reality, is committing massacres on a daily basis. We have become familiar with their crimes in Syria …

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We ought not to underrate its emotional appeal

  What ISIS Really Wants By Graeme Wood, March 2015   What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General …

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Overhaul of governments and institutions

How ISIS Should Shape Our View of the Church and Its Mission Globally By Martin Accad, December 4, 2014   I’ve been blogging and speaking much about ISIS in recent months. Last July, as we were beginning to get to grips with the savagery of the group, I tried to call us all, as people who …

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Prepared, preconceived and planned

From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves” By John Pilger, 8 October 2014   In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”. As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since …

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Sheer infantilisme

John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria By Robert Fisk, Sunday, 21 September 2014     John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that …

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The Islamic State’s center of gravity

How to make Isis fall on its own sword By Chelsea E Manning in Fort Leavenworth, Tuesday 16 September 2014 11.00 EDT   The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by …

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