ISIS: The Fourth Reich
This is a tremendous essay by
Nobel Prize Winner V.S. Naipual. His thesis, that the
Islamic State is the biggest threat to the world since
the Nazis, is born out by ISIS's love of propaganda,
hatred of Jews, and desire to dominate the world.
If the world truly treasures freedom, the Islamic
state must be annihilated by military force, he
It was an article of 6th and 7th Century Arab faith that
everything before it was wrong, heretical. There was no
room for the pre-Islamic past.
idea of history was born that was fundamentally
different from the ideas of history that the rest of the
world has evolved.
the centuries following, the world moved on. Ideas of
civilization, of other faiths, of art, of governance of
law and of science and invention grew and flourished.
Islamic ideological insistence on erasing the past may
have survived but it did so in abeyance, barely regarded
even in the Ottoman Empire which declared itself to be
the Caliphate of all Islam.
now the evil genie is out of the bottle. The idea that
faith abolishes history has been revived as the central
creed of the Islamists and of Isis.
determination to deny, eliminate and erase the past
manifests itself in the destruction of the art,
artifacts and archaeological sites of the great empires,
the Persian, the Assyrian and Roman that constitute the
histories of Mesopotamia and Syria.
have bulldozed landmarks in the ancient city of Dur
Sharukkin and smashed Assyrian statues in the Mosul
museum. Destroying the winged bull outside the
fortifications of Nineveh satisfies the same reductive
impulse behind the destruction by the Taliban of the Bhumiyan Buddhas in
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has described this
destruction of art, artifacts, inscriptions and of the
museums that house them not only as a butchery of
civilizational memory but as a war crime.
telling that the victims of Wednesday's barbarous
shootings were visitors to the great Bardo Museum in
Tunis, a repository of art and material from Tunisia's
rich, pre-Islamic past.
Isis is dedicated to a contemporary holocaust. It has
pledged itself to the murder of Shias, Jews, Christians,
Copts, Yazidis and anyone it can, however fancifully,
accuse of being a spy. It has wiped out the civilian
populations of whole regions and towns. Isis could very
credibly abandon the label of Caliphate and call itself
the Fourth Reich.
Like the Nazis, Isis
fanatics are anti-Semitic, with a belief in their own
racial superiority. They are anti-democratic: the
Islamic State is a totalitarian state, absolute in its
authority. There is even the same self-regarding love
of symbolism, presentation and propaganda; terror is
spread to millions through films and videos created to
professional standards of which Goebbels would have
as the Third Reich did, Isis categorizes its enemies as
worthy of particular means of execution from
decapitation to crucifixion and death by fire.
Whereas the Nazis pretended to be the guardians of
civilization in so far as they stole art works to
preserve them and kept Jewish musicians alive to
entertain them, Isis destroys everything that arises
from the human impulse to beauty.
barbarism is not new to history and every nation has
suffered mass murder and barbaric cruelty in the past.
That a European country in the 20th Century launched a
holocaust on the basis of race is a matter of the
Isis has revived the religious dogmas and deadly
rivalries between Sunnis and Shias, Sunnis and Jews and
Christians is a giant step into darkness...
...The process of decolonization in the 20th Century
gave rise to the idea that every advance in
civilization, scientific or democratic, was to be
condemned as 'colonial'. There may be no ideological
answer to such bigotry.
The Islamic world
does contain currents that are opposed to the
interpretations that Isis gives to the Koran, the
Hadith and to sharia. These are yet to declare
Though the appeal of Isis can be challenged by other
strands of Islam, its murderous presence persists in the
failed states of Iraq and war-torn Syria and threatens
to spread through northern Africa.
crippled Iraqi government has launched its reluctant
armies against Isis. The Iranians, being Shias opposed
to Sunni Caliphates, are supporting the Iraqi army and
the Shia militias, who are a considerable force
independent of the Iraqi government, are in a coalition
to fight Isis on the ground. With air support from the
West, they may manage to push Isis back.
an offensive, with the immediate objective of regaining
Iraqi territory has to be urgently expanded. Isis has to
be seen as the most potent threat to the world since the
annihilation as an anti-civilizational force has to
now be the objective of a world that wants its
ideological and material freedoms.
borrowed from "ACT for America"