When anyone, especially someone high up in the United States administration says that the ISIS or ISIL is not Islamic, besides the fact that it denies its very claim and motivations, it does one other very dangerous thing. It takes Iran off the hook.
It was reported today that Ayatollah Rouhani of Iran said that “ISIS wants to kill humanity.” I don’t dispute that claim for a second. However, what I do take issue with is Iran making it seem as though they are not at all to blame for this mess. The Sunni and Shia differences aside, it’s the Iranian revolution and its export of Islamic radicalization and terrorism that laid much of the groundwork for the threats now facing millions of people worldwide, including Iran.
Someone in Iran saying “ISIS wants to kill humanity” is like Dr. Frankenstein saying a crazy monster is on the loose. No kidding. You created it. So forgive me Dr. Frankenstein, but why should we trust you now. The fact that it evolved into something that now threatens you does not diminish your responsibility.
This is another instance where ignoring reality makes the hole we’re getting into even deeper, for by not recognizing Iran’s culpability we allow it to align itself more with the world community, giving it more time and less pressure to develop its nuclear program. When that happens the world will have another, possibly worse crisis on its hands. One we could actually stop now in its tracks. But for that to happen we might have to call it Islamic.
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