On Oct. 31, ISIS/ Islamic State bombed a Russian charter flight from Egypt, killing over 200 tourists. On Nov. 12, ISIS double suicide bomb attack in Beirut killed 43 people and wounded more than 239 others. On Nov. 13, ISIS attacked 5 locations in central Paris in a coordinated manner, killing 129 people and wounding at least 433 others, many critically. On Nov. 16th, ISIS warned that “countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France,” and threatened to attack in Washington D.C. via a new video message. And today (Nov. 17th), Boko Haram, a Nigerian affiliate of ISIS, bombed a market in Nigeria, killing at least 32 people and wounding 80 others.
The barrage of these attention-grabbing senseless terrorist attacks in such a short span of time seems to cry out that ISIS is now declaring war against the world. But, is it really? Despite its recent murderous successes it’s hard to believe that ISIS wants to wage war against the most powerful nations in the world, such as Russia, France, and US. (ISIS itself seems born out of the aftermath of George W. Bush’s misguided Iraq War.) It is suicidal and irrational! Is ISIS, after all, an entity of the irrational religious fanatics that is bent on apocalyptic end of the world? (Many of ISIS members seem more like alienated young men economically marginalized in their societies than religious fanatics. Are the “angry-young-men” members of ISIS accepting such an end to themselves?) I think it’s time for the Muslim community, including the clerics and laymen, to speak out against religious fanaticism and fundamentalism that is legitimizing groups, such as ISIS.