Seeds: After the Paris attacks last fall, the more recent bombings in Istanbul, and the San Bernardino shooting, ISIS has proven that they have essentially decided to wage war against the world. Originally a group branched off of Al-Qaeda, ISIS (or Daesh, or ISIL...there are even more names) is headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and terrifies countries and citizens alike.
Core: The United States reported today that they killed Abu Omar al-Shishani, another leader, who is known as “the Chechen,” in Syria. Also, the US Department of Defense reported that 12 other ISIS militants were killed in this airstrike.
Skin: Publicity surrounding ISIS has led to widespread fear and Islamophobia. This is due to the fact that many people in the US, and all around the world, seem to blame the religion; the same religion that represents 1.6 billion people in the world. How can anyone blame them for when ISIS has wreaked havoc upon civilians they shout that their killings are “in the name of Allah.” However, if you look deeper into the core of the Islamic religion, you will find wild discrepancies between the values of peaceful Islam and extremist Islam, leaving one to conclude that extremist groups like ISIS are practicing a contorted and inaccurate version of Islam.
Leaves: In the US, certain politicians suggest that no Muslims should be allowed in the United States, and there has been a significant spike in attacks against mosques and Muslim-run businesses. This leads us to question if Islamophobia exists and if people understand the distinction between extremist and peaceful groups. Regardless, ISIS has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria for the past few months, although this has not been widely publicised in the media. However, they still represent a significant threat to societies all around the world. Representatives from the police department in Britain have expressed their fear of an impending attack on their home turf. This sentiment is expressed in the countless newspaper and magazine articles detailing the most recent egregious acts they have committed.
Food For Thought: Do you think the US government is doing enough to defeat ISIS? Do you think they are a significant threat to the American people? Do you support naming ISIS militants, “radical Islamic terrorists?”