The clash of civilisations: Is the ISIS promoting Islamophobia in Europe?

Published: August 29, 2014
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The ISIS has mastered the art of using social networking sites, Twitter in particular, where they brainwash young minds. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Islamic State or IS (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) was born during the turmoil of Iraq – which was a melting pot of jihadist movements – in 2003 after the American invasion. However, it was only in June when the world really took notice of this eccentric organisation after militants with black flags took the strategically important city of Mosul and claimed it to be a part of their ‘caliphate’, defeating the Iraqi Army almost at will.

According to conservative figures, the current number of IS fighters is estimated to be somewhere around 20,000 to 50,000 while the Iraqi government, which is facing most of the heat, maintains that the figures are much higher, around 100,000.

Judging by its overall success and efficiency, seeing that the IS took control of Mosul with no more than just 800 men and now controls a territory roughly the size of Jordan or Belgium, and the overall revenue that it generates (around $1 million/day), one can say that the IS is not an irrational and insane militant group with apocalyptic beliefs; it is a systematic organisation that uses a perfect balance of warfare and propaganda to amplify its image and terrorise the enemy. It is there usage of the latter that truly makes them unique as the recent beheading of James Foley (filled with symbolism such as the orange Guantanamo style jump suit) illustrates.

While the war wages on in the Middle East, Europe has become a key target for ISIS to recruit a few, albeit important fighters primarily to score propaganda points. European nations such as the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and France, all the way to the Balkans where Bosnia has become an almost regional hub for IS to recruit young white males and send them to fight under the black flag in Iraq and Syria. Even countries such as Austria are not immune to the activities of IS, where just recently the Austrian authorities concluded that around 130 Austrians are currently fighting for IS in Syria.

Furthermore, nine Chechens, who were residing as refugees in Austria, intended to leave for Syria and join the IS but they were recently arrested. Four suspects were arrested in Vienna, while the other five were intercepted in Klagenfurt. There was a trial held and the Viennese court withdrew their refugee status while the same is expected from Klagenfurt.

However, the recruitment of Europeans is not a novel concept, since long before the IS, the ‘first of its kind’ jihadi recruitment drive, in modern times, in Europe was done during the Bosnian war facilitated by both Iran, Saudi Arabia and nominally Pakistan, and the diversity of the recruits are alarming for many European governments, specially in the Balkans.

The war in Bosnia ended but there were no shortage of recruits in this relatively peaceful region, albeit being poverty stricken with the worst unemployment rate in the whole of Europe. This was quickly exploited by terror organisations such as the IS, who found young and white European men willing to join the IS and who were offered with bright prospects both in monetary compensation and in the spiritual realm. Today, Bilal Bosnic stands on the pulpit and asks young Bosnians to join the ranks of IS, while hundreds of Albanians, Kosovars, and Macedonians are reported to have gone to join the IS, thereby signalling a strong presence from the Balkans in the IS ranks.

The Balkans might have a long history of instability, which the IS must have exploited to lure in recruits, but this thesis becomes quite inadequate in explaining why so many British (nick named ‘The Beatles’ by the IS) are converging to Iraq and Syria to fight for the IS. According to a recent report, they make a quarter of the total number of Europeans, 2000 approximately, fighting for the IS. Furthermore, the revelation that James Foley was actually beheaded by a British citizen further stressed how the IS values its European recruits by giving them limelight, whenever possible, to score propaganda points. This prompted the intelligence agencies back in Britain to crack down on suspected ISIS sympathisers and to identify the 250 British citizens, out of 500, who fought for the ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and are now back.

Meanwhile, the dozens of arrests of alleged IS recruits in Italy (50 Italians are fighting for the IS) and Spain (eight alleged IS recruiters were arrested) has made the IS a phenomenon that is not a continent apart from Europe.

The most troublesome European country, facing acute difficulties in containing the growing number of citizens going abroad to fight in Syria and Iraq, after Britain, is France. A recent survey conducted, by a news agency called the ICM, revealed that around 16% of French citizens support the ISIS. A majority of French recruits come from immigrant backgrounds, originally from North African countries and are either unemployed or socially isolated. In terms of ranking then, it is Britain, France and surprisingly Belgium, contributing to the most number of fighters to the IS European wing.

So how does the IS recruit from Europe?

Though the ways through which the IS might be recruiting can never be known in explicit terms, judging by their propaganda and following historical precedence, we can safely point out four different channels.

Firstly, and perhaps their primary tool, are religious clerics on the IS payroll. Salafist religious schools are abundant in Europe, especially in the relatively lax and multi-ethnic environment of Britain and France where these clerics openly preach hatred towards the West and readily serve as an IS mouth piece.

Secondly, the IS has mastered the art of using social networking sites, Twitter in particular, where they brainwash young minds.

Thirdly and perhaps most importantly, is the usage of agents or handlers who serve as transporters cum recruiters for the IS.

Lastly, it is a known fact that many of the IS fighters from Europe serve tenures after which they are sent back with clear instructions to re-integrate within the European society and serve as their new agents and find possible recruits with radical tendencies.

What are the authorities in Europe doing about this?

Authorities throughout Europe are actively profiling suspects, using at times measures that are questionable, while tightening immigration laws to stop or at least limit the influx of immigrants into Europe. In addition, any citizens travelling to ‘terror hotspots’, such as Chechnya, Kosovo, Bosnia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon etcetera, are now being monitored more closely.

One of the key obstacles that law makers in Europe are now facing is that most European nations have relatively lax laws that permit the right of peaceful protest, which has prompted many of the IS sympathisers to use their rights and take part in pro-IS marches. The law enforcing authorities are now looking towards European law makers to provide legal support to their crack downs on such protests which are only increasing in number.

Though the majority of the recruits still come from the Middle East, the influx of European jihadists in the IS has given this one time Syria centric organisation (funded by the GCC and armed by NATO) a truly transnational appearance so much so that its recent advancements made Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of Defense, to remark,

“This is beyond anything that we’ve seen. So we must prepare for everything.”

What Europe now fears is a tension between the ethnic groups which has now become a matter of “when” rather than “if” when this tension will reach boiling point. This of course is exactly what Europe fears for, as adventurous and popular the IS becomes in the West, the Islamophobes will have a field day and their activities might not be just limited to Quran burning, but might result in an ‘Anders Behring Breivik type shoot out’ targeted towards Muslims, which will further aggravate the situation, proving Samuel P Huntington’s famous The Clash of Civilisations and making Europe a hostile place to live, even for the moderates.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Francis Fukuyama as the author of The Clash of Civilisations. The mistake has now been rectified and the error is regretted.

Syed Wajahat Ali

Syed Wajahat Ali

A Machiavellian living in an Orwellian society. He tweets as @SWajAli (twitter.com/SWajAli)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Eddied

    This is a clash of barbarians against civilized society…the barbarians must be eliminated from the earth…they cannot coexist with anyone of different faith…they refuse to accept anything but their interpretation of Islam which is incorrect…Recommend

  • نائلہ

    I honestly love people like you with brains. Recommend

  • Me

    These fools are tarnishing the name of Islam all over the world. They should be stopped as soon as possible.Recommend

  • Syed Wajahat Ali

    Just one clarification. In the end, its Samuel Hautington and not Francis Fukuyama.Recommend

  • Proud_Qafir

    Oh! May be unintentionally but you failed the word ‘Muslim’ with every nationality you mentioned in the article. Or was it intentional?Recommend

  • Parvez

    Firstly, if I’m not wrong The Clash of Civilizations is by Samuel Huntington…Fukuyama has other works to his credit.
    What the west is doing today to counter this menace is like shooting a elephant with a BB gun……..they need to reform their constitutions to address this issue meaningfully, if they are to preserve their culture and way of life.Recommend

  • Israr Ali

    Some analysts blames that western hands are working behind these circumstances and
    some are blaming the internal elements who are active to enforce their demands in
    the country. Whatever is the real situation, I have a small question that is it
    clash of civilization of clash of ignorance???Recommend

  • Rehan Masood

    Living in the UK I have seen normal Pakistani boys becoming radicalized by these groups. The British need to stop the Saudis funding these mosques.Recommend

  • Eagle_anee

    Why is UN not doing anything about this major issue? Oh yeah!! If they interfere we will storm streets, start protests and long marches everywhere burning flags against the ‘TERRORIST ORGANISATION UNO’, so lets just watch ISIS continue what they are doing.Recommend

  • Hosur

    These few are tarnishing the name of Islam all over the world. They should be stopped as soon as possible….it is the few amongst the millions who in he name of relgion certainly are bringing a bad name,but the tragedy does not stop there.the majority are silent and tkae an ostrich attitude with the hope that the problem will find its own solution and disapper.it has not happened.From the time the fatwa agianst Salman Rushdie was issued more protests were against him than against such attitudes.Unless the majority reacts the minority of extremsits will continue to set the record and course sadly it is a wrong and incorrect record leading to the inevitable Clash of civilisations as the late Samuel Huntington said.It is only widening the civilisational fault linesRecommend

  • Hosur

    These few are tarnishing the name of Islam all over the world. They should be stopped as soon as possible….it is the few amongst the millions who in he name of relgion certainly are bringing a bad name,but the tragedy does not stop there.the majority are silent and tkae an ostrich attitude with the hope that the problem will find its own solution and disapper.it has not happened.From the time the fatwa agianst Salman Rushdie was issued more protests were against him than against such attitudes.Unless the majority reacts the minority of extremsits will continue to set the record and course sadly it is a wrong and incorrect record leading to the inevitable Clash of civilisations as the late Samuel Huntington said.It is only widening the civilisational fault linesRecommend

  • Hosur

    Why is the west blamed.It is for the community to act and unfortunatley it is silent and does not do anything.the claim is that it is the fastest growing religion and the fact it is the wrong ideas that is driving it and followers blame others,not themselvesRecommend

  • Hosur

    Why is the west blamed.It is for the community to act and unfortunatley it is silent and does not do anything.the claim is that it is the fastest growing religion and the fact it is the wrong ideas that is driving it and followers blame others,not themselvesRecommend

  • L.

    The government of Australia has put aside $64 million on measures to stop young Australians from being radicalised and heading overseas to join extremist groups like ISIS.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Since when does anyone listen to the UN? And did you hear their comments on Gaza? “Israel may be committing war crimes” -.-Recommend

  • L.

    Pretty sure America created ISIS like they created Al Qaeda. Just another pawn to start another war.Recommend

  • Syed Wajahat Ali

    Yes I did clarify the naming error in the comments Parvez sahab :)Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Pretty sure America also created Ordinance XX :-).Naila, Gosh!Recommend

  • Syed Wajahat Ali

    I think certain things are self explanatory. Furthermore, I really don’t see any reason why a Jew would go and join ISIS.Recommend

  • Moiz Omar

    These so called “Islamic State” barbaric terrorists need to be stopped. The whole World must united and fight against them.Recommend

  • Eddied

    I am pretty sure it is radical militants and mullahs who created ISIS…there is nothing American in what ISIS stands for…ISIS is against individual freedom?…against freedom of speech?…against freedom of religion?…there is nothing American or even western about them?…but always have to blame someone else for the problems they have created…Recommend

  • abhi

    I think this will not end until moderate muslim identify the problem and start calling spade a spade. Right now they are trying to justify action of radicals over some imaginary grivances.Recommend

  • L.

    Pretty sure you will see it soon. Rest in ignorance in the mean timeRecommend

  • bigsaf

    Anti-Muslim sentiments are even rising in places like Canada. There’s increasing level of mistrust of Muslim communities, as alarming number of Canadians are reported to be in ISIS, with new discoveries of local terrorist jihadist cells, besides earlier foiled terrorist plots by extremists followed by public court cases. Onus can’t be on the authorities alone without the Muslim community being active against the ideological crisis that plagues them, which Calgary’s is now trying to urgently address. Its not simply just ‘alienation’ or ‘marginalization’, things experienced by non-Muslim groups too in the West and East.

    A pair of Sunni radical convert brothers from Calgary were discovered yesterday to have left for Syria. They’re not even the first from Calgary. One of a origin, Salman Ashrafi, killed over 50 people in Iraq by suicide bombing, before ISIL became famous militants. A colleague of Somali origin had threatened to attack Canada in an IS video, and another convert died fighting in Syria. The ‘converts’ theme in recent US media has non-Muslim families fearing about their children mixing with any Muslims.Recommend

  • Prashant

    No amount of money can stop a person from becoming a terrorist else how would you justify Osama, Omar Saeed Sheikh, 7/7 bombers and so on.

    The perspective has to change with regard to how you look at different issues, it is important to not only see but acknowledge that you are not the only one suffering on this planet and yours is not the only path to God especially for those who do not follow your faith.

    This is the reason I have an issue when people do not protest the violence unleashed by the people of their own community against others but are quick to condemn others.

    You cannot expect a humane treatment from others when your own opinion/ treatment of them is less than that of humans.Recommend

  • Prashant

    UN is a club of bullies and a meeting place to decide where to throw their weight around collectively.

    Some of their interventions have resulted in precious lives being saved though.Recommend

  • Jayman

    That’s exactly what these Islamic movements want – publicity. To what end, I’ll never know. They perhaps think that if the whole community rose up, they might recapture the past “glory” of an Islamic Caliphate. Whether that model can survive in modern times does not seem to challenge them mentally. They are content to use the same methods that proved successful all those centuries back.
    It is obvious that they do not know history very well and what their relative power is in comparison with the dominant powers today. It won’t even be a contest. But then, I suppose a faceoff is inevitable for this notion of Islamic superiority to be dispelled from their minds. Trouble is, the carnage will be one-sided and swift.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Is there a moderate counter-weight to the ISIS? Why is the moderate majority not offering a counter-narrative? Instead of rallying against “Islamophobia” shouldn’t they be rallying against the brutality of the ISIS? At the very least the West would know that there is indeed a moderate majority. RIght now it seems it only exists on paper.Recommend

  • Keen Observer

    we can curse ISIS all we want but we need to trace back to their ‘birth’ and why they came into being in the first place. The US invades on false pretences and then leaves these countries in ruins!!!
    Afghanistan gave birth to Taliban for the same reason.
    Iraq’s now given birth to ISIS.
    Imagine someone coming to your house, RUINING it, and then leaving it in shambles. How would you feel? Wouldn’t you feel rage? If you want to take revenge, would you then be an extremist or a victim of abuse?
    Now tell me who’s to blame?Recommend

  • nayeem

    So truee… we need people like you :)Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Some. Exactly. Recommend

  • L.

    And it’s a silly waste of money. However, there are talks specially being held in the media regarding the reasons some young ppl might want to join them; ways are then proposed to counteract this and bring the individuals closer to their communities and away from this group.Recommend

  • L.

    What about Alqaeda? Were they not originally created by America? Did America and it’s allies not send thousands of troops- their countrymen; wasted their lives and the lives of the ppl in the countries they were deployed in? Did ANYTHING good come out of this after a decade of war?
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  • Prashant

    Naila, which war would the ISIS help Americans to wage? They already are in Iraq, nobody can stop the US if they want to go to Syria, infact, the Americans are already funding the Syrian rebels except the ISIS who are also an opposition force in Syria to Bashar Al-Assad. Americans cannot be fighting ISIS in Iraq and supporting them in Syria.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Like I have said Prashant, it is only a matter of time. America, in short, is no one’s friend. Recommend

  • نائلہ

    ET edited my comment, so dont expect it to make any sense.Recommend

  • JayMankind

    If the world united against the goons in Islamic State, it could swiftly be termed as a war against a particular religion. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. I think other Islamic nations should make an effort to eradicate these terrorists instead of waiting for the West to deal with them. That would be a win-win situation.Recommend

  • JayMankind

    Nice explanation :-)Recommend

  • JayMankind

    “I honestly love people like you with brains.”
    Go on, discriminate against the have-nots ! :-)Recommend

  • Prashant

    Yes but they are not meant to be, the Russians are allies of india just like the Chinese are of Pakistan, it would be our folly if we considered them our friends.

    America attacking Iraq was incorrect but not Afghanistan unless we believe every attack on the west was a conspiracy. If a country can respect the mandate of its people, I do not see a reason why any country should be afraid of US and its foreign policy.Recommend

  • abhi

    Revenge doesn’t mean start killing your own family members.Recommend

  • G. Din

    Samuel Huntington!Recommend

  • Prashant

    Naila, UN is as prejudiced as any human being. When we deplore one organisation, it is important we do not forget the others. The OIC and the Arab league have proven themselves to be utter incompetent of saving the rights of people in the Islamic world.

    How would these organisations work efficiently unless the participating nations are democratic themselves, most of these countries are ruled by Monarchs/ Kings/ Dictators who have the insecurity of losing their power and hence they are more interested in protecting their own interests.

    Iranians do not like the Saudis, the Saudis want to spread wahabi Islam but do not want ISIS in their backyard, UAE and Saudis do not get along with Qatar for their support to Muslim brotherhood in Egypt. It is a complete mess.Recommend

  • G. Din

    There are anti-semitic Jews, you know!Recommend

  • Prashant

    Correct. Ideologies are not defeated unless an alternative ideology takes root.Recommend

  • Prashant

    “Iraq’s now given birth to ISIS.”

    You are right, Iraq would still have been dictated by Saddam Hussein but it would have remained peaceful and people like Al Baghdadi would have been in their graves by now. America has no business imposing democracy on any country.

    “Imagine someone coming to your house, RUINING it, and then leaving it in shambles. How would you feel? Wouldn’t you feel rage? If you want to take revenge, would you then be an extremist or a victim of abuse?”

    Afghanistan was already ruined by either the warlords or the Taliban, so do not blame US. Talking of revenge, there are many in Afghanistan who would like to take revenge from Pakistan, would you justify that as well?Recommend

  • Syed Wajahat Ali

    Perhaps you mean Anti-Zionist :)

    Anti-Semitic Jews are more a thing limited to intellectual debates :) I would be highly surprised if a Jew would pick up arms to portray how anti-semitic he is.Recommend

  • L.

    You shouldn’t be expecting discrimination from me. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Stop the conspiracy theories.

    There is enough precedence in the world of violent Terror groups sprouting up with and without external help. TTP, LeT, LeJ, JeM, Al Shahbab, Boko Haram.. All these groups are very similar in the causes they espouse and their actions.

    US has nothing to do with half the groups mentioned.

    There is no direct correlation between US and Terror groups. Where there is direct correlation your love of an ideology is not allowing you to admit it.

    You are willing to believe US is responsible for ISIS, but not Religion?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    No, they were not. Can you prove your assertions?

    US has done some truly idiotic things in past, supported many Terror groups, even and some Terror states or states who sponsor Terror in other countries. But, what you say I’ve not read anywhere to be true.

    Assuming US did help setup the group, had it not, do you think such groups would not exist in the world? I can give you several instances where Groups have sprouted without any US intervention. Care to disagree with me?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    So you know this how? Can we have some links please? Is this based on some gut feeling?

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  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Can you conclusively prove that had US not attacked Iraq, ISIS would not have been created?

    There have been several instances in the Muslim world where violent Terror groups have been born and US has nothing to do with it. LeT, LeJ, TTP, Boko Haram, Al Shahbab.

    Your reasoning are simply ludicrous.

    US invasion acted as a catalyst, but not the sole reason for the existence of this deadly terror group. Do not mistake influence over causality.Recommend

  • Alberta

    So how do you separate Islam the religion from Muslims the practitioners? Aren’t they interpreting Islam literally from the same shared book and the same shared history? Which means, Islam is open to different interpretations (like other religions) – hence the various sects. No?Recommend

  • Alberta

    I have a solution. Let us help in creating a caliphate for these and other like-minded Muslims around the world. Entry will be made easy for 1-2 years and subsidies will come from all those countries facing this menace. No modern technologies will be allowed. After the free entry period ends, all non-Islamic countries will place a permanent embargo on this place via air power and guards on the ground. Problem solved!Recommend

  • Alberta

    Instead of changing their constitutions, all Western countries should change their immigration and naturalization laws that have made it easy for non-Europeans and non-Christian people to emigrate, especially from South Asia and the Middle East. The presence of these illiberal people who do not like freedom and tolerance of diversity will change the very nature of Western democracies that have them so attractive after the end of WWII. We gotta admit, not all people love freedom, democracy, tolerance, and free flow of ideas. Let us have better and stricter screening! Examples of the consequences of open immigration: Incidents like child abuse in Rotterham; Anjem Choudhary in Britain wanting to convert Britain into an Islamic state with shariah law; and of course ISIS and its foreign born recruits from the West and other non-Muslim majority countries. If you hate the West (nd other countries) Please Do Not Go! Recommend

  • Alberta

    Without a fertile soil – as provided by Islam and to some of its radical practitioners – no one can create anything. Recommend

  • malik

    The reason why ISIS will attract recruits from all over the world is the goodies they offer to the jihadists.
    1. It is the richest protest organisation in the world.
    2. It is the only organisation that promises to fulfil all the male fantasies.

    No wonder, ISIS is the fastest growing militant organization in the world !Recommend

  • نائلہ

    WHERE may I ask, has Islam called to wage war against the non muslims?Recommend

  • نائلہ

    ET wont let it pass; have tried countless times before.

    See, I am not blaming America for everything like you think, but it is very true that it has played a very vital part in the growth of this rise in extremism in Muslim countriesRecommend

  • نائلہ

    I suggest you wait some time.Recommend

  • L.

    “Stop the conspiracy theories” says the guy claiming half of Pakistan is not “real” -.- You also told me to stop loving my country. Did I stop?

    I just mentioned ISIS and Al Qaeda, where did the others come into the convo?

    “There is no direct correlation between US and Terror groups.” Seriously?!

    No, Islam has nothing to do with ISIS; they are using Islam as a cover to do their dirty deeds and it’s the unknowing and uneducated population of the world they they are targeting. If only you knew………
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  • Faulitics

    I was wondering which is worse? Hate against liberal societies like america or love towards terribly bigoted socities like you know what.Recommend

  • LS

    Lets agree for an arguments sake that these were created for vested interests, but that was decades ago… these organizations don’t run unless they have material resources and/or moral support from local community. Thus, no matter how much you want to escape the fact that the local communities are NOT to blame (despite they themselves bearing the brunt of it) they actually are and the madrasas and the misguided maulavis that support them and trigger happy terrorists who flame themRecommend

  • LS

    Its neither. Its purely a landgrab.Recommend

  • LS

    Ummm… lets see…

    1) Nigeria – Boko Haram
    2) Somalia – Al-Shabab
    3) India – LeT
    4) Algeria – AQIM
    5) Pakistan – TTP

    And many more…Recommend

  • LS

    Isn’t that solution already in place? Its called ISIS/Islamic State and people are already moving there from all over the world?Recommend

  • LS

    Its basically their primal need to “Wage a war” because that is all they know, that is all they have done, seen, lived. Its a “Job” for them to keep living. If its eradicated in one place they would move to other troubled spots.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    I wonder why you don’t hear of Hindu Terrorists or Christian ones.

    There is no smoke without a fire. The inability to question your Religion and its effects on its followers is detrimental to the entire world.
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  • نائلہ

    Give me proof of Islam supporting terrorism, a valid proof. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Wait for?

    Your gut feeling to turn right?

    But, you don’t have any major media publication saying US is responsible for them, do you. Your comment was based on your existing prejudices.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    You just in an earlier comment blamed ISIS on US.

    Isn’t that discrimination? Islamism in the world exists without US intervention, groups like LeT, LeJ, Boko Haram are proof of that.

    US too is set of Human Beings.Recommend

  • L.

    Not if it’s the truth. Anoop, I used to think you were smart. But clearly you have failed to use your brain on this topic.

    And AGAIN, I spoke about 2 groups, no need to assume the rest. And having spoken to me countless times, how come you accuse me of discriminating human beings?! Do you even read or just skim and answer?Recommend

  • L.

    Wait to be proven wrong, dude. “Major Media Publications”? HA. Nice joke. The same people who control the world, control these publications; and you are expecting the truth from them.

    “Your comment was based on your existing prejudices.”- was THIS comment based on YOUR existing prejudices? And to answer you, no. I am actually educating myself in this topic and the jigsaw pieces fit perfectly; you might wanna do the same- it doesnt hurt. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    So you have not read anywhere that US created ISIS, but you know this how?
    Lets accept for a second most major publications are biased. So, where have to read this unbiased news report or are you a journalist who has travelled to the region and have incontrovertible proofs?
    You blindly accuse a country of 300 million and say “I” am prejudiced?
    Where are the links, Naila? Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Ohh Lord. Anoop, please open your eyes and do your research. YouTube will be a good start. And like I have already said, ET won’t publish anything.

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  • siesmann

    you can curse America as much you like.But ISIL and others like them won’t spare you.One doesn’t let terrorists and criminals into one’s house and let them hit one’s neighbors.You think ISIL are taking revenge?From whom?They hardly kill one of their so-called enemies(and so you believe) for thousand Muslims killed by them.And decide one way-US created ISIL or ISIL was created to fight US.You can’t have it both ways.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Afghanistan was also given a choice-hand over Obama and the party or face the consequences.They chose the consequences.Recommend

  • andyrwebman

    No, ISIS is not promoting “Islamophobia” –

    Enough of this “phobia” nonsense – Recommend

  • spiritual

    What America will get by creating this radical elements?Recommend

  • نائلہ

    How about the chance to invade another country? How about starting ww3? Recommend

  • spiritual

    Muslims are waging war in Almost all parts of the world,either in the name of suppression/oppression from other religion/governments. Why they cannot follow the rule of law? Why non Muslims are not allowed to practice their religion in some Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia whereas Muslims demands their religious freedom everywhere. Why is this contrary? If the religion is for peace,tolerance and harmony why they are insisting shariah law where they are even minorities?Recommend