“The most dangerous position we’ve ever been in”?

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says that ISIS/Islamic State is developing a plan to “blow up” a major American city.  “We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” he said.  In the meantime, ISIS has sent a threatening  tweet with a picture of the White House next to a photo of a building in Chicago, which terrorists reportedly are calling “Obamatown.” [Read more...]

Authorizing military action against ISIS?

President Obama is considering asking Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State/ISIS.

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Our progress in the War on Terrorism

We felt good that we killed Osama bin Laden and seemed to have defeated al-Qaeda.  But they were nothing compared to the resurgent jihadist army of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS, most recently calling themselves ISIL, for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”).  They are armed to the teeth with American weapons and other equipment that had been abandoned in Iraq.  And they have vast wealth from looting banks and taking over oil fields.  And their ambitions are to strike the United States and other Western countries.  That’s not much of a progress report in our War on Terrorism. [Read more...]

Our muted response to ISIS

If you are worried that the U.S. is reigniting the war in Iraq, don’t be.  Despite the atrocities being committed by ISIS/The Islamic State, our airstrikes are designed simply to protect Americans in threatened cities and to protect those Yazidis besieged on that mountain (that siege is reportedly over, as the Yazidis have now escaped).  But, according to two Washington Post analysts, there is no effort to stop ISIS as such or to win back the large amount of territory they have taken over. [Read more...]

Obama allows U.S. airstrikes in Iraq

As Islamic State routed tough Kurdish forces (the largest pro-American group in Iraq), drawing near to Americans still in Erbil, President Obama has given the go-ahead for airstrikes “if necessary.”  He also said we would drop food and water to the sectarian Muslims that Islamic State is starving out on a mountaintop.

UPDATE:  The bombing has begun.

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Why blow up Jonah’s tomb?

The radical Iraqi Muslims that call themselves the Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS, blew up a site that has been venerated for centuries as the tomb of Jonah.  This was in Mosul, the site of what used to be the Biblical city of Nineveh.  Some characterized this act of vandalism as an attack on Christians, but Muslims venerate Jonah too, and the site was, in fact, a mosque.

The reason has to do with the particular theology of the group, which holds to the Salafi brand of Sunni Islam.  Mark Movsesian gives a fascinating explanation, linked and excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]


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