ISIS: The Latest Phase of the Jihad

The best way to understand the Islamic State (ISIS) is to see it as the next phase of al-Qaeda. All Sunni Islamic jihadi groups—Boko Haram, ISIS, Taliban, al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, even Hamas—share the same motivations based on a literal and orthodox reading of Islamic history and doctrine: resurrecting a caliphate (which existed in various forms from 632 to 1924) that implements and spreads the totality of sharia, or Islamic law.

  • Ed

    If so many want a Caliphate, let them have it. But seal the borders, engage in no trade, allow no travel out, and after they run out of western made stuff and medicine, they’ll become harmless except within rock throwing range.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Gosh, I’ll bet the CBC makes a big splashy feature out of this for The National (sic), right?/sarc