In a good report from Fox News by Jerry Dettmer, he describes the civil war among two terrorist factions, Islamic State, ruled by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Al Qaeda, led by Ayman al-Zawahiri. At first blush, it is a battle between young and new and old and depleted.
- Islamic State aims to create a caliphate of like-minded Sunni Islamists whose daily course against enemies is beheading.
- Al Qaeda aims to impose Allah’s laws in government short of beheading its enemies.
One is surely more brutal than the other, but each would not stop at exploding their wrath against non believers, blowing themselves up in the process. Maybe trying to define them along a brutality scale isn’t worth losing our heads it.
““We in the Al Nusra Front only fight to raise the word of Allah, to make the oppressed triumphant,” one fighter says. “We only fight to get rid of the enemy Bashar and his soldiers. We have come to fight them so that we can impose Allah’s laws on the country. We have not come to oppress people, steal from people, or take their property.””
The outcomes that these organizations seek are nation states belonging to Sunni Muslims that operate as theocracies. They are in a jihad to carve out their autonomous being from the space of a world that needs and wants to be free. Therefore, they represent a repulsive attack on freedom and liberty.
Foundation for free world foreign policy
Foreign policy must begin by making the case that any organization that seeks to exist by creating their being at the expense of freedom and the ideals represented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is unacceptable. Their attempt at being is an act of war against humanity.
Acts of war against humanity must be countered decisively by a free world collective that is consistently dedicated to defeating the perpetrators. The world is too small and fragile to tolerate exceptions.
In the struggle to sustain the free world, investments must be made to combat the root causes of crimes against humanity that include the absence of sustainable economies. Poverty is a symptom and not the cause. Lack of education is a constraint to economic well being and self sustainment, but lacking it may be from absence of opportunity or deficient individual determination.
"Fighting in Syria spawns separate civil war in global jihadist movement
By Jamie Dettmer
Published August 29, 2014
Syria’s bloody civil war has spawned a separate rift with ramifications well beyond the region known as the Levant -- a battle for the very soul of the global jihad movement.
Islamic militants who poured into the embattled nation to help the Free Syrian Army in its bid to topple dictator Bashar Assad are now fighting Assad, the rebels and each other in a barbaric free-for-all. At the center is the split between Al Qaeda’s regional affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the newly emerged Islamic State, which are fighting each other on the battlefield and in the war for recruits to the cause of Islamic terrorism.
“The two groups are now in an open war for supremacy of the global jihadist movement,” according to Middle East scholar Aaron Zelin in a research paper published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a U.S.-based think tank.
Throw in the jihadist-led insurgency in neighboring Iraq, which has become intertwined in the insurrection in Syria, and the shifting alliances are becoming for many even harder to understand.
“The two groups are now in an open war for supremacy of the global jihadist movement.”
- Aaron Zelin, Middle east scholar