Is IS Capable of Charity?
The terrorist group who call themselves the Islamic State, or IS, recently released a couple hundred Yazdi elders. They claimed the Yazdi were slowing them down when they march from northern Iraq into western Syria. Personally, as modern successors to Zoroastrianism, I'm astounded they are still 'alive' in Islamic countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey). Is IS capable of charity? Well, they then admitted it cost too much to feed the Yazdi elders and that was the real reason they let them go. Gee, and just last month IS announced it was okay for them to rape foreign (non-Muslim and generally Yazdi) women... And, unfortunately, as I write this, one Japanese hostage has been beheaded and ...it's not looking good for the second Japanese hostage.
In a somewhat related development, it seems PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) should show some outrage over reports that the so-called Islamic State use animals to practice beheadings. With IS-sympathizers wrecking havoc in the Middle East, Europe, with constant threats against America, I hope they don't attempt to throw any red-paint on American Muslims.
Everyone has their own “defining moment” or that “straw that broke the camel's back.” With the Taliban much of the world freaked out when in March of 2001 they blew up the two 6th century CE Buddhas of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan. When Al-Qaeda distanced itself from IS for being too violent, I giggled at the Karma... Too violent? Wow! Then came the pronouncement:
"I say to the entire world as a warning: We are living under the Islamic flag, the Islamic caliphate. We will die for it until we liberate those occupied lands, from Jakarta to Andalusia. And I declare: Spain is the land of our forefathers and we are going to take it back with the power of Allah."
When the Moors (Muslims from North Africa) conquered sections of Spain, Portugal and France from 711-1492 CE, the Arabic name for the region was Al-Andalus. The Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon, ended The Reconquista ("reconquest") with the fall of Granada and promptly threw ALL Muslims (and Jews) from their country the night before Columbus set sail to discover a New World. That was 'my' “defining moment” that the IS idiots were going to be a major problem. Take back Spain? I'd like to see them try..
The cowardly Charlie Hebdo magazine terror attack in Paris by the brothers, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which took a dozen innocent lives, was followed by the murders by a fellow terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a police officer in Montrouge and then took the lives of four customers at a kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes in east Paris. All three terrorists were killed, though a fourth (a common-law 'wife' of Coulibaly) had fled before the attacks and is now believed to be in Syria to join IS.
The Islamic State (var. the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or ISIL) has achieved an abnormal amount of British female supporters, reportedly around 30, who are thought to be presently in Syria and are actively recruiting other women in Britain to join IS and bear their children. And, maybe, activate a suicide bomb vest when asked. I understand some whack women go for the 'bad boys,” flirt with and sometimes marry incarcerated prisoners in jail, but some American, Canadian, English, French, and German women are ...actually volunteering to join a death cult dedicated to beheading as many non-Muslims as possible. That's sick and wrong.
Some (myself included) would argue we are still fighting the Crusades. My thesis that the Golden Age of Islam passed partially because of the invention of printing and the availability of the “classics” to anyone who could read (see my “Passing the Texts: From Script to Print” at: http://www.flavinscorner.com/passingtexts.htm and published in ESOP 26: 49-64) in no way negates the fact some Muslims seem to belief they are still living by Medieval standards. I dislike fundamentalism in all religions, but the radical and ruthless Islamic terrorist groups which have arisen are a threat to us all. It's war... And, it started in 1908 when oil was discovered in Iran and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company was formed and eventually became British Petroleum (BP). As if religious differences were not enough, then money got tossed into the mix.
Yes, charity exists in Muslim communities around the world, but NOT in the murdering terrorist groups like IS. The Islamic State may very well spearhead a direct confrontation with non-Muslims and non fundamentalist Muslims and force a “boots-on-the-ground” response from America, Britain, France, Australia, Canada, and other nations who would defend freedom. We mustn't confuse peaceful Muslims with the murdering terrorist groups. THAT would be uncharitable and we must lead by example. Help your brother and sister when you can. It'll be okay...eventually.