Wherever terror strikes, there will be ISIS – or at least that’s how the terrorist group has made it seem during the past few months. During October and November alone, ISIS claimed responsibility for at least 10 terrorist attacks around the world, most notably the recent Paris attacks, Beirut bombing, Russian plane crash in Sinai and others before that, such as the Texas shooting.
However, Egyptian-Australian Walkley Award-winning journalist and co-host on The Project Waleed Aly pointed out a game changing scenario on Monday, suggesting that “ISIL is weak and they don’t want you to know it.”
“They take credit for any act of terrorism on Western soil, so they appear bigger and tougher than they actually are,” said Aly, adding that, “ISIL don’t want you to know they would quickly be crushed if they ever faced proper army on real battlefield.”
“They want you to fear them. They want you to get angry. They want to start World War III: A global war between Muslims and everyone else.”
Since the rise of the refugee crisis in Europe, many Muslims have praised how some European countries were accepting of the war-fleeing Syrians, as opposed to the idle stance of many Gulf countries who kept their gates shut in the face of the millions of pleading refugees.
Distressed by such solidarity in the face of inhumanity, ISIS set out to fuel the ‘us vs. them’ mentality.
An article called “Eliminating the Grayzone” in ISIS’ English-language magazine Dabiq highlights this mode of thinking. In it, the group calls for dividing the world into two groups: The camp of Islam (represented by ISIS) and the camp of the West.
For this to happen, the author calls for the elimination of a grayzone where Muslims and the West coexist. He gives Muslims the option between “apostatizing to the infidel version of Islam in the West or migrating to the Islamic State.” He states that the aim of the Islamic State is to “further the division of the world and destroy the grayzone everywhere.”
“If they can make Muslims the enemy of the West, then Muslims in France, England, America and here in Australia will have nowhere to turn but to ISIL,” stressed Aly.
“We’re all feeling a million raging emotions right now,” he says. “I’m angry at these terrorists. I’m sickened by the violence. I’m crushed for the families that have been left behind. But you know what? I won’t be manipulated. We all need to come together. I know how that sounds. It’s a cliché. But it’s also true, because it’s exactly what ISIL doesn’t want.
“If you are a member of parliament (or has-been member of parliament), preaching hate at a time when what we actually need is more love, you’re helping ISIL. They’ve told us that. If you’re a Muslim leader telling your community they have no place here, or a non-Muslim basically saying the same thing, you’re helping ISIL. They have told us that. Or if you’re just someone with a Facebook or Twitter account firing off misguided missives of hate, you’re just helping ISIL. They’ve told us that. And I’m pretty sure that, right now, none of us wants to help these bastards.”