Winning: The Triumph Of Islamic Terrorism

December 26, 2014: ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) continues winning on its own terms. Many Westerners don’t really understand those terms, for they have little to do with “victory” in the Western sense. ISIL seeks symbolic victories and achieves them by staging spectacular (often macabre) events that are captured on video and them distributed to the world via the Internet. For example, ISIL has found that “snuff” (images of actual murders) attract a lot of attention especially if the killing is done in a spectacular (beheading, crucifixion and mass murder) fashion. These snuff videos are not just for creating terror, but also for attracting recruits. One recent video deliberately showed the faces of the young ISIL men beheading a group of Iraqi soldiers. This made it clear that at least one of these bold warriors was from East Asia and several were from Europe. Millions of young Moslem men (and women) have seen these videos and about one percent of the men (and a much smaller number of women) went off to join ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Much less frequently these bewitched young people attempt to create some murderous mayhem in their own neighborhoods