August 18, 2014

ISIS Wants to Provoke a Crusade

Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

There is more than mere barbarism behind the savage tactics of the self-anointed “caliph” whose forces, formerly called ISIS, now dominate swathes of Syria and Iraq. The crucifixions, the beheadings and the mass executions of men, the kidnapping of women to be sold as wife-slaves to so-called holy warriors, the destruction of ancient civilizations and cultures, from Assyrian statues to Yazidi villages, and the systematic intimidation, extortion, and murder of Christians —all have a purpose that can no longer be ignored:

Caliph Ibrahim, as he calls himself, wants to provoke a 21st-century crusade against his Islamic State.

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TAGGED: ISIS, Caliph Ibrahim, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Islamic State, Christians, Pope Francis

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