If the Islamic State ‘is not Islam’ then what exactly is it?

ISIS released video

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 8, 2014 — News reports about strategies, or lack of strategies, to eradicate the Islamic State should be a major cause for concern. Such reports indicate that the West has has not figured out how to deal with Islamic jihad.

Though media and high ranking Western government officials are equally guilty of almost willful naïveté, Barack Obama is by far the worst offender.

“It is absolutely critical that we have Arab states, and specifically Sunni-majority states, that are rejecting the kind of extremist nihilism that we’re seeing out of ISIL, that say, ‘That is not what Islam is about’”, stated Obama. That philosophy is just wrong on multiple levels. So very, very wrong.

Two Islamic experts, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, have been beating their heads against the walls for years trying to explain what the enemy known as Islam is all about.

Once again, Spencer refutes Obama, writing, “If Sunni states do not take up arms against the Islamic State, it will not be because ‘that’s not what Islam is about,’ but because it is not in the interests of states like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to acknowledge a caliph and give up their sovereignty, and because significant elements of the populations of Egypt and Turkey don’t want to live under Islamic law, such that the governments of both states may find it in their interests to take down the Islamic State.”

Just because the Islamic State happens to be the most savage jihadist group the modern world has ever seen, with Boko Haram a close second, does not mean that doing away with either of them will resolve the issues we must deal with concerning Islam itself.

Totally destroy both the Islamic State and Boko Haram, and Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and all the others will still remain. Nothing will be changed.

Speaking from Wales, Obama boldly claimed, “Our goal is to act with urgency but also make sure that we’re doing it right, that we have the right targets, that there’s support on the ground … that we have a strong political coalition.”

When has Barack Obama ever acted with urgency? When, if ever, has he made the right decision when it comes to foreign policy? Who does the President think he is kidding?

Even George W. Bush went out of his way to make it clear that “we are not at war with Islam.”

Wrong again.

Until the United States and the West finally wake up and admit that no matter who we are battling in the Islamic world, we are, in fact, at war with Islam.

When the Prophet Muhammad founded Islam in 622, there was no Islamic State. There were no organizations like Hamas or Boko Haram or al-Qaeda. The religion now known as Islam has been around for 14 centuries: 1,400 years. Nothing is different except the time in which the fighting, killing and destruction are taking place.

Eliminating ISIL will not eliminate the problem. Nor will eradicating Boko Haram. Neither will taking out all the others. As long as the pages of the Koran and the Hadith are recited and endorsed by those who wish to dominate the world, the hate will continue and so will the violence.

Islam understands only one thing: strength. That is the one thing the U.S. under Barack Obama lacks most. It is something the West is afraid to incorporate into its international strategies because it is so afraid of offending Muslims.

What about beheading journalists who are only doing their jobs? Is that not offensive? What about raping women and children and turning them into sex slaves? Why does that not fit into the category of being offensive? Why is killing Christians at will and burning their churches less offensive than a YouTube video that satirizes Islam?

Will someone please explain how the fact that most of the chaos throughout the world in the last generation has been perpetuated by Islamic jihadists is not offensive?

When the world went to war against Adolph Hitler, most of the planet was at war with Germany. Media, diplomats and the citizens of most Western nations made up their minds to eliminate the primary sources of violence and aggression, not the various factions that were elements of the primary problem. D-Day was the answer and, in the end, it solved the problem.

How then is violent Islam any different? The world needs to make up its mind that another D-Day is needed to combat Islam. Islamists will continue to hate, but they also respects strength and are pragmatic enough to know when they cannot compete against a stronger enemy.

The time has come stop pussyfooting and dancing around the real problem, which is Islam. In the process of confronting that ideology, we will also eliminate the likes of ISIL, Boko Haram and all the others who dare to challenge the peace of the world in the name of Allah.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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  • Excellent analysis as always, Bob. I would like to read a column about the use of the name ISIS versus ISIL, and what this signifies for both sides.

    • Zaba

      I saw one out there; try google…..

    • Tim Kern

      Obama likes ISIL, because it includes Israel. Israel is in the center of the Levant.

  • Islam is a slow motion war to subjugate or convert non-Muslims. It is 1,400 years old.

    The multicultural left calls it diversity.

    In reality – refusal to deal with the Islam is suicidal. Islam has already consumed 20% of mankind.

    The non-Muslim world forces a reformation upon Islam or the problem will only get worse.

  • Keith

    Islam the only religion that is misunderstood by its founder and its own holy books along with everybody that calls themselves muslim

  • Paul Gregory

    Do something yourself to make a difference and do it now.

    People say this and that about mohammedism leaving others not knowing what to believe. May I encourage everyone to purchase the Penguin classic translation of the koran by NJ Darwood. Dont be scared, nobody in their right mind will be converted by reading it in fact just the opposite. I have photocopied chapter 33:50-72 (pages 298 & 299) and simply give it out – mainly to the various callers to the house, delivery men, charity workers, religionists etc. Those two pages capture the fakeness, stupidity, and horror of mohammedism just perfectly. If people only read that those two pages it’s a big step forward. If any doubt the translation they need only look at the official mohammedist translations on line and compare. The words and their order may sometimes differ slightly but the meaning is clear and absolutely identical – cultish horror, death and stupidity!

  • Tony Stark

    When it comes to Middle East issues, the US has very little credibility left.

  • The true object of the “we gonna fight ISIL” charade is to get congressional approval to send serious amount of weapons to Islamist in prep for coming invasion of Israel.

    Obama: “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.””
    Thus Obama made it clear he is a pro-Islamist liar.

    ISIS/L is a grand achievement of the several decades long alliance of the USA and the Saudi kingdom.

    Carter helped Islamist Khomeni take Iran

    RReagan supported Afghanistan Islamist and sent arms to Khomeni.

    Bushes helped Islamist by removing secular leaning Saddam Hussein

    Bush invasions of Afghan/Iraq IN SERVICE TO Islamist.
    Gave Islamist great recruiting and propaganda material. Did nothing to safeguard USA.

    Bush ideologically disarmed USA by exonerating Islam and declaring Islam a “religion of peace”
    Thus Bush treacherously misled USA and in fact all of W.Civilization.

    Clinton helped Islamist by waging war on Serbia and also helped Roman Catholic neo-Ustasha hammer Serbs.

    Obama helped Islamist take Egypt, Libya, Tunisia , Ivory Coast and working on Syria and Iraq.
    Obama and/or Saudi king no doubt also helped Boko Haram of Nigeria.

  • Tim Kern

    “ISIL is not Islamist.” What’s in a name?
    And where are any Islamists backing up that nonsensical statement?