Saturday, September 10, 2016

PCG's Terribly Flawed Article About ISIL

So PCG has released yet another issue of their recruitment magazine designed to promote themselves. And one article in this issue discusses the terrorists and murderers of ISIL. (Anthony Chibarirwe, The Islamic State of Mind, October 2016.)

Let's take a look at what he has to say.

First of all the title is quite problematic. The title implies that the terrorists and murderers of ISIL are Islamic. It is not useful to agree with the terrorists and murderers. They are not the heirs of persons who lived fourteen centuries ago. ISIL is a criminal organization of recent origin founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Calling this sinister criminal organization "Islamic" unfairly slurs Muslims collectively with the crimes and atrocities of the ISIL criminal network. Most of the victims of ISIL's atrocities are the predominantly Muslim population in Iraq and Syria.
A coalition might destroy the Islamic State, but can it destroy the state of being radically Islamic?
What does that even mean?
The world has never seen anything quite like the Islamic State.
It is not helpful to talk of ISIL as though it is unique. They would probably quite enjoy being told that. How would talk like that help defeat ISIL?

As a matter of fact there have been other instances of fanatical, millennial movements that sought to create a Utopian society buttressed by ideologies that sought to create a severe break with the past. For example there are the Münster Rebellion of 1534-5; the Taiping rebellion in China of 1850-1864; the early Bolshevik regime in Russia from 1917 till 1921 when it somewhat moderated itself in regard to economic affairs with the implementation of the New Economic Policy; or the Khmer Rouge. They came and went. ISIL will soon fall in turn. May that day come soon.
This terrorist pseudo-state appears to have somehow surpassed the savagery of al Qaeda, the organization that spawned it and that executed the worst terrorist attack in history on Sept. 11, 2001.
If he got his hands on a good book describing ISIL's history he would have learned that ISIL is the creation of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, rather than Osama bin Laden. It was Zarqawi who infused his organization with its sinister, genocidal loathing of Shia Muslims.
Such is the power of social media and HD videos of beheadings, crucifixions and other gory executions committed by terrorists waving black flags. Such is the effect of overrunning whole cities, seizing American-made tanks and guns and ammunition from national armies, and then declaring a caliphate.
Unfortunately such atrocities are, so to speak, can be easily used in news broadcasts.
Now, everyone is fighting back. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Russia and Iran are launching ever increasing air strikes from an ever expanding anti-Islamic State coalition. By nearly all accounts, the defeat of the Islamic State is inevitable and imminent.
The big question is, what happens after the Islamic State is defeated?
He then talks about what the defeat of ISIL would look like. He decides to read some rant by a spokesman of ISIL.
The Islamic State has indicated that its beloved caliphate may not endure long. In an audio message released in May, Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani implied that its losses today are similar to its losses during the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 and the Anbar Awakening. He taunted Western nations by asking, “Were we defeated when we lost the cities in Iraq and were in the desert without any city or land? And would we be defeated, and you be victorious, if you were to take Mosul, Sirte or Raqqa, or even take all the cities …? Certainly not! True defeat is the loss of willpower and desire to fight.”

True defeat is the loss of willpower and desire to fight. Despite the fact that this statement came from a propagandist, it is true.
A writer for PCG agreeing with an ISIL propagandist. What a disgusting sight.

ISIL's infamous spokesman was killed in Aleppo on August 30, 2016.

He then redefines ISIL's defeat not as the destruction of its usurper entity and the abolition of its rule over territory but as the removal of its ideology from peoples' minds. This has the effect of making the defeat of ISIL seem harder to imagine. That is not helpful.
The morphing and splintering of the Islamic State has already begun. You can bomb the organization, but can you bomb its ideology?
We are now seeing the Islamic State rely on the resilience of its ideology in an effort to immortalize its terror campaign.
He then indulges in some Islamophobic scare mongering which is so popular among PCG's 1%.
As much as Westerners want to, they cannot relegate the fight against radical Islamism to some remote stretch of miserable desert. The very word caliphate points to the multiheaded, multi-century nature of violent, radical Islamism.
ISIL is a criminal organization that was only recently established by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Confusing ISIL with the historical Caliphs frightfully distorts the situation and has the effect of slurring Muslims as a whole with blame for the rise of ISIL when we should blame the terrorists and murderers of ISIL themselves for what they have done.

And even though Iran is opposed to ISIL he choose to clumsily scare monger that Iran may soon become a new ISIL.
If the Islamic State falls and its believers morph into splinters, lone wolves and perhaps a new head of the hydra, what more could the world do to annihilate radical Islam? If Iran, the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, suddenly proclaims itself the king of yet another caliphate (a nuclear-armed caliphate, perhaps), what will stop that seemingly never-ending cycle of terrorism?
Is it even possible to defeat the multiheaded, multi-century, multi-continental force of violent, radical Islam? Can anything strike Islamist nations, pseudo-nations, terrorist organizations and individuals into “true defeat”—“the loss of willpower and desire to fight”?
For today’s open-society, politically correct Western democracies, the answer so far has been no. But for tomorrow’s unified, galvanized, crusading empire, the answer is yes. Believe it or not, this is the truth revealed in biblical prophecy.
PCG teaches that Iran will gain in power and might until a German led European empire attacks and decisively conquers Iran as part of a tapestry of events leading to (PCG's) Christ's return.

As part of promoting this dogma he repeats Gerald Flurry's dire proclamation that Iran will grow in power and might,
Iran is the king of terror that has rallied radical Islam since its very foundation as an Islamic Republic in 1979. Nearly every act of terror by any radical Islamist group has been directly or indirectly inspired, funded, manned and/or carried out by Iran. As America has weakened, Iran has grown in power. Rather than moderating its sponsorship of terrorism as it joins the community of nations, Iran has been greatly emboldened, pushing against other nations and aggressively seeking the ability to sustain a program for creating nuclear warheads and missiles able to deliver them to Israel and Europe. ... 
Iran will continue to push and advance its ambitions by using its national power and its terrorist arsenal to control more groups, to dominate more countries and to attract more radical Islamic believers inside the Middle East and beyond. It will push and push until its radical ideology takes over—or until a superior force attacks radical Islam itself, and its king.
He speculates that the leaders of this future German led European Empire will crush Iran partly by listening to ISIL.
Perhaps Europe’s “whirlwind” attack will be partly informed by wisdom from the Islamic State itself....
It is disgusting that this writer should use the word "wisdom" to describe anything from the criminal organization of terrorists and murderers called ISIL. It is a criminal organization founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi that unfortunately managed to seize territory in parts of Iraq and Syria. Hopefully it shall soon fall. May that day soon dawn.
We are seeing the aggressive development of this “push.” [By Iran.] Soon, the world will be shocked to witness Europe’s “whirlwind,” blitzkrieg response.
PCG adopted this doctrine concerning Iran in 1994. This was long before ISIL arose to prominence. Consequently following this dogma causes PCG's 1% to discount ISIL and instead try to shift discussion about ISIL to scare mongering about Iran. PCG uses ISIL as a prop to demonize Iran even though they are adversities of each other.

It is saddening to see badly thought out articles like this getting published and causing others to view this topic in an unhelpful way. Here are some books that are far more useful than that PCG article in educating oneself about the sinister criminal network called ISIL founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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