These two moderately long articles will help you understand the recently declared Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS or ISIL) better than anything else you are likely to have read. Why do they really hate us? Do they really believe what they claim to believe? Is that why they behead foreign journalists, make sex slaves of beautiful young Kurdish women, burn Muslim men to death in wire cages, and crucify children? Do they actually believe Jesus (NOT Mohammad!) is going to save them from Western “Crusaders?” Maybe most perplexing of all, why do hundreds (maybe thousands) of young American, Australian, and European men travel to Iraq and Syria to die fighting for this evil?
Here are the answers.