69 million page views

Islamic civil war

Reader comment on item: ISIS is Collapsing
in response to reader comment: Is it a surprise? The political systems of the entire Islamic world is collapsing.

Submitted by Michael S (United States), May 4, 2016 at 13:22

Hello, Prashant. You said,

" These kinds of killings may be difficult to understand for the people who wonder which form of Sharia driven theocracy is better than the others."

You may have hit upon something here. What is happening in the Islamic world is a religious civil war -- largely internal, but affecting the rest of the world tangentally. It's a strange civil war to a Christian, because all the quarreling sects essentially agree on doctrine, differing only in tactics; and the aim of this INTERNAL struggle is outward expansion into the whole world.

I'm glad to hear you openly say what problems India is having, because all I seem to hear about India lately are (1) what a booming, growing economy they have, (2) how they are developing militarily, mostly to counter China, and (3) what a friend they are to Israel. Much of this is baloney, and all of it ignores the basic facts of life for the poor Indians. I learn of these through occasional stories about husbands committing suicide because of financial ruin, and leaving their impoverished wives and children in the lurch. I like hearing the truth, even if it's ugly.

My impression of the Chinese countryside, five years ago was (1) open gutters, serving as both storm and sanitary sewers, (2) litter everywhere, (3) human and animal excrement scattered willy-nilly across the countryside, (4) undrinkable water, etc. I also noted a grass-roots capitalism that was free of US-style restrictions, and some of the friendliest people in the world, who love children, along with skyscrapers where there were rice paddies ten years earlier, a thriving middle class, etc. There were long queues everywhere, but nothing to equal the searching and humiliation of airline passengers that is ubiquitous in the US. That might not be a flattering or ideal picture, but I prefer it to the BS in the mainstream media.

What continues to amaze me about the Middle East, is the fact that in spite of the continuing hell that is Syria, Obama and Putin want to pressure Israel into giving them the strategically vital Golan -- and subject the Jews and Druze there to either expulsion or daily misery and death. When I see things like that, I know the world has gone mad with hatred of the Jewish homeland. Even India and China have joined in that madness. May all countries that do these things, including Russia, France and the US, live like the Syrians and Iraqis.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Submitting....

Submit a comment on this item

Reader comments (33) on this item

Title Commenter Date Thread
Is ISIS collapsing? [248 words]PrashantJul 26, 2016 20:11230940
1I hope you're right, but... [47 words]Peter HerzMay 2, 2016 16:26229238
Iraq unable to counter ISIS, even with US help [111 words]Michael SMay 4, 2016 02:48229238
A year from now, ISIS should be alive and well in Iraq -- not to mention other countries as well [112 words]Michael SApr 30, 2016 18:49229190
Kurds are also Sunni [47 words]Peter HerzMay 7, 2016 15:40229190
Turkey will be smoldering ashes. [267 words]Michael SMay 9, 2016 03:37229190
2ISIS may die, but ... Islam marches onward [324 words]Charles MartelApr 29, 2016 01:38229180
ISIS, Al-Nusra and Western Civilization [490 words]Michael SMay 2, 2016 14:06229180
1ISIS and Islam [44 words]Jon, a Brit in EurolandApr 28, 2016 13:09229179
In the US, Islam is NOT Islam! [45 words]Michael SMay 2, 2016 14:57229179
ISIS: Not Destroyed, Just Moved. [61 words]Peter BarfootApr 24, 2016 20:07229145
2ISIS follows Islam that Mohammad himself followed! [38 words]JaladhiApr 24, 2016 19:57229144
Isis a boon to Iran [38 words]walterApr 24, 2016 11:03229134
Why ISIS Will Stick Around [147 words]DaveApr 22, 2016 11:17229106
2Good news, Bad news [388 words]Ron ThompsonApr 21, 2016 18:25229097
ISIS is Collapsing [123 words]David FaulknerApr 21, 2016 15:47229094
Obama Right ?????? [29 words]ajnnApr 20, 2016 21:51229079
ISIS demise [116 words]Richard WittrupApr 20, 2016 18:42229077
I Pray it is True [16 words]John HoukApr 20, 2016 09:38229074
I hope it stays dead longer than the others [126 words]Michael SApr 20, 2016 01:22229068
Hope you are right [60 words]AnonApr 19, 2016 19:00229063
1Is it a surprise? The political systems of the entire Islamic world is collapsing. [278 words]PrashantApr 19, 2016 17:43229061
Islamic civil war [415 words]Michael SMay 4, 2016 13:22229061
ISIS is Collapsing [106 words]Judith DaviesApr 19, 2016 16:00229058
3To defeat ISIS -we have to take on ,and defeat the Ideology [16 words]Michael Hanni MorcosApr 19, 2016 12:51229050
1And how do you do that? [32 words]JaladhiApr 21, 2016 10:38229050
Yes, but.... [156 words]Doug MayfieldApr 19, 2016 12:07229048
I don't see ISIS collapsing fast [7 words]albertoApr 19, 2016 10:40229047
Always nice to get a bit of good news [152 words]CarolApr 19, 2016 08:08229045
IslamoFarcism - Another Round of Pin the Tail on the Nazi [265 words]SAKOVKTApr 19, 2016 06:36229042
ISIS gathers the terrorists in a known area [53 words]Hlawiczka CzeslawApr 19, 2016 04:07229035
Let Iran Deal with ISIS in Iraq and Syria [52 words]RobertApr 19, 2016 02:56229033
2It is Islam [27 words]Robin RosenblattApr 19, 2016 01:54229030

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Islamic civil war by Michael S

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

ADVERTISEMENTS

eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2018 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum. Daniel J. Pipes