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article imageOp-Ed: ISIL calls for attacks on Coalition citizens ‘in any manner’

By Paul Wallis     Sep 22, 2014 in World
Sydney - In a continuation of previous messages, the “Islamic State” has called for Muslims to attack Americans, Europeans, Canadians and Australians. The threat refers to “disbelievers” from nations engaged in military action against ISIL.
The original report from CBC Canada quotes the message:
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State … kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” said Adnani._ Abu Muhammad al-Adnani)
According to the Daily Mail UK, the transcript of the message included some name-calling. The “filthy” French apparently killed dozens of fighters in their first air strikes. President Obama is called “the mule of the Jews, suddenly turned imam” and Secretary of State John Kerry “an uncircumcised old geezer.”
A strange choice of subject, and a strange silence
ISIL has chosen a strange range of subjects for its message. Iran and Israel, which are real, close, and potentially very dangerous enemies, have rarely if ever been mentioned by ISIL’s rhetoric. A rather odd omission, given their claim to conquer the area on the above map in five years. This selective choice of opponents is hardly realistic, either.
The threat against the relatively mild, comparatively humane, and distant Western nations is like threatening visiting social workers. ISIL can expect much less tolerance, much closer at hand, from its powerful, and extremely hostile near neighbors.
How long does the world have to put up with this?
Like Al Qaeda before it, and like many African and Asian jihadi groups, the overall aim of the message seems to be to separate Muslims from the rest of the world. The rest of the world, after 13 years of constant threats and attacks since 9/11, could be forgiven for wondering how long this cycle of insanity is going to continue.
There’s a reason this fight continues:
The Arab world appears reluctant to stop a mere 30,000 fighters from rampaging through the region. The various militant groups seem to have intimidated their neighbors. Just about every nation in the region has a far larger military force than ISIL. Their forces, however, have performed appallingly. The Kurds, with their local fighters, have achieved more militarily than anyone else.
The failure to deal with ISIL may be a serious own goal for the region’s governments. If so, it may also be the start of the collapse of a range of Arab states. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and even Egypt could experience the usual pattern of ISIL’s exploitation of social divisions. The Middle East is hardly a model of political stability. It would be easy to create havoc in these countries. The Arab nations, in particular, are extremely vulnerable.
Another war - The risk of payback
Worse, ISIL attacks in the West could, and probably will, provoke a massive backlash against Muslims. The risk of ISIL’s message is that the patience of the world will run out. ISIL may be a microscopic percentage of the global Muslim population, but the world is unlikely to make a distinction.
Even in Australia, retaliatory attacks and street abuse against Muslims occurred after recent raids against alleged terrorists. An actual attack could have led to actual deaths. It would almost certainly have led to riots like the anti-Muslim riots in Sydney in 2006.
Public anger can become genuine hatred, around the world, with more attacks. ISIL appears to be determined to release the world’s worst monster, a vengeful humanity. That, folks, will be called World War 3.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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