THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –
(As your journalist continues narrating this segment of
the day-long questioning of the
“Radicalization and the Politics of Alienation” in the current Middle
East from here in the American Capital, the United States — along
with its Arab allies — finally strike the pitiless “Caliphate” with
their overwhelming airpower — near that “Medieval” [Syrian] capital
Your newspaperman would like to extend his current project on the
seminar held in the District of Columbia at the office of the think
tank, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) on the
Your reporter will begin by relating the words of Shadi Hamidi, a
Fellow at the Brookings’ Institute for Middle East Policy, and, then,
relate his presentation to the activity of the hostilities of the
The State of Islamic can be grating, but constructive. It should be
accepting of multifarious dogmas. Thus, ISIS (acronym DAASH in
Arabic) is no more than pure Evil. Strangely, ISIS (the Islamic State
of Iraq and Syria) has devolved heretically out of the construction
that is Islam.
The ascent of the “Caliphate was predicted and predictable. Dr.
Hamid, who was born in Doha and is an expert on Islamism, felt the
United States should have intervened in the Syrian Civil War during
In this War with ISIL (Islamic State in Syria and the Levant), has
taken its civic duty to govern seriously. Yet, there are “religious”
police which has been less than acceptable to the governed. IS (the
“Islamic State”) have run their “nation” through a brutal but
effective reign of terror. As long as they enforce their malevolence,
their decrees work, and this is the secret of the radical Salafi
realm. (Not all Salafis are guilty of the excesses of the
“Caliphate,” though, but the misunderstanding of Salafi beliefs by
individuals have led to this type of Extremism.)
Their “territory” encompasses about four million civilians over the
square mileage of the geographical mass of Britain as of this at
As can be perceived, a grossly different mode of Islam are being
expressed from the norm. Unfortunately, because they are using the
word “Islamic” to describe their “State,” this leads non-Muslims to
mistake the heretical for the true Islamic norm(s).
In governance, ISIS is more brutal but less arbitrary in their
administration of Sharia. In the autocratic nations within the Arab
lands, law is enforced less arbitrary but more autocratically. This
makes it to defeat them, for, like he Taliban in the 1990s, they were
to get a degree of loyalty from the “public” by bringing “order” to
the landscape provided you were the right ethnicity who believe as
they do. Eventually, though, their viciousness alienated them from
One of the gravest disasters for the evolvement of Arab democracy was
the coup in Egypt. The (Islamist) Muslim Brotherhood had played by
all the rules of an opposition party, but when it was able to claim
the government on their own, they were overthrown. If anything
Islamist Democracy was (temporarily) destroyed; leaving the option of
a Jihadic State attractive. The option became Caliphate, and it
became attractive to many young Muslim who were already alienated. To
those, the Islamic State had resonance. Yet, through this modernized
Caliphate, Islam, itself fell unjustly from the world’s grace.
Convocation of American Muslim scholars has declared this War violates
the principle for Islamic War!
Previously, Hamidi felt this “State” was predicted and predictable
this. (Today [the 24th]; a Frenchman was beheaded in Algeria.
Further below the Sahara, Boko Haram in Nigeria has declared itself to
be part of the Caliphate. How it differs from al-Qaeda which did not
claim territory, it does. This makes the battle from it much
different. As a State IS, it is bound by the Laws of War and human
rights. At the moment, it is no State because it has no humanity as
President Obama said Wednesday. Yet, as a State they can be attacked
under those laws, and held up to those laws.)
Regrettably, ISIL – or a form of it will be with us in one form or
another for a long time as the chief American target – who were not
well known — because that small group was about ready to attack the
Homeland. Yet, are “we doing enough to stop them?”
The U.S. has been sprouting our anti-terrorism rhetoric for some time.
(At the same this country has been denouncing Assad, but this battle
cannot be won without his government, yet he has been made into Satan
itself, going back to the assertion of Arab Nationalism in the
propaganda of Israeli national interests. Recently, the fact
underplayed, the United States has announced to Damascus their attacks
(The other is Iran — whose demonization here, again, is due to the
propaganda from Israel – we must make rapporchment together. Sotto
voce, Tehran and Washington have been coordinating with each other in
this struggle already. Australia will be deploying soon, and
Westminster is declaring war formally on the 25th.
(The Americans and the French – along with the Iraqi and Syrian air
forces have already established attacks.
(Most remarkable was the United /states and the Sunni powers –Bahrain,
Jordan, Saudi Arabia Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) divided
in tandem against ISIS.
(The Shia and Sunni must unite to defeat this horror — much like
Russia with America and Europe during the Second World War…
Dr. Shadi Hamid, remarking on his former allusion to a “Rhetoric of
Terrorism,” We have to have a deeper diction.
Then, he concludes, with the American Right and Center, ask who the
moderate Syrian rebels are? (One such group is accused of selling an
American prisoner to ISIS for their own financial benefits. That was
the first on to be beheaded on video tape.
(It is true that the United States was fooled in training the moderate
opposition, who, in turn, have turned up in the ranks of the IS
(More on this discussion next week.)