March 22, 2015

YOU CAN'T HAVE A CLASH OF CIVILIZATION'S WHEN THERE'S ONLY ONE:

The caliphate cracks (The Economist, Mar 21st 2015)

To Western ears, the pretence that IS is a government in office is absurd, a bit of jihadist braggadocio; to many Muslim clerics (and even al-Qaeda) it is heresy. Yet it has stirred a form of messianism. "Rush, O Muslims, to your state," declared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, IS's leader. And thousands have indeed rushed to fight for and build the Islamic Utopia: even schoolgirls have abandoned families and friends in Europe.

The call of the caliphate has galvanised zealots. Yet, even as IS launches terrorist attacks, the good news is that cracks in the caliphate are becoming increasingly apparent. IS is losing ground, money and the consent of the people it rules.

Posted by at March 22, 2015 12:04 PM
  

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