Why Is ISIS So Bad?

Posted: 15th September 2015 by Will McCants in Uncategorized
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Why is ISIS bad? It’s a basic question that I encounter a lot, along with the related question, why is ISIS so evil?

Good and evil are value judgments, so everyone will have a different opinion about what deserves the labels. But we can at least say that ISIS (aka the Islamic State) is out of step with mainstream morality in most Muslim and non-Muslim countries.

Still, that begs the question: why is ISIS so bad relative to mainstream culture? The answer lies in ISIS’s needs and desires.

  • ISIS wants to revive parts of Islamic scripture written in the early Middle Ages. Perhaps those parts reflected mainstream morality then but they’re out of step with today’s mainstream.
  • ISIS wants to terrify the local population to subdue it. As you’ll see in my book, ISIS could govern and fight differently but it doesn’t think the alternatives are effective.
  • ISIS needs to raise money, which is hard to do legally when everyone wants to destroy you.
  • ISIS needs to excite young men to fight for its cause. Sex and violence is one way to do it.

Most of what ISIS does arises from one or more of those needs and desires. They combine to motivate some of ISIS’s worst atrocities, like slavery, destroying and looting antiquities, and beheadings.

ISIS atrocities 9-15-2015 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more on what motivates ISIS, read The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State.

  1. dave says:

    I don’t think IS is out of step with morality in Muslim countries. Look at the comments on IS pictures of throwing gays and they are like ‘i don’t support daesh but I support this’. The Muslim people have an understanding for Islamic morality even if they don’t fully understand the shariah rulings on everything.

    I don’t agree that IS deliberately terrifies the Muslim people either. Its enemies, yes, but the ‘brutality’ you see towards Muslims is just implementation of the shariah.

    Most of IS money is from selling oil and raising taxes, both perfectly legal duties and responsibilities of a state. Selling its cultural heritage is reasonable too. Just because you don’t recognize the ‘legality’ of it doesn’t mean it isn’t a perfectly legitimate thing to do.

    I don’t agree the mujahideen are motivated by ‘sex and violence’ either. They are motivated to fight for the sake of Allah.

    What motivates IS ‘atrocities’. those that aren’t exaggerated by the media, are simply a inevitable result of the implementation of Islamic law.

    • Person says:

      I have never deeply studied Islam beliefs, but there is someone in my class who is a devout Muslim. She wrote a paper about Jihad, and ISIS is going against every words of what it said. ISIS is not Muslim.

  2. MAJ_Dave says:

    It is a good effort, and probably as good as you can get to discuss the issue in a public environment. What analysis does not take into account is where evil comes from; how does the spiritual realm fit into the equation? It is not necessarily something that is learned. There is an evil force that desires to kill, steal and destroy, and it’s motivation is particularly directed against certain people. If you examine the Koran and the Hadith, look for what it is against and the picture is clear. Jews in particular are to be eliminated. ISIS is a force that is influenced by evil. Pride, revenge, superiority complex, greed, jealousy, rage, unforgiveness, lack of remorse–these are evil traits. These are the roots of the issues you listed on your chart. Any effort to understand it through psychology, circumstances, education, or ideology will not find a satisfactory answer. My belief is that love covers all those traits. In the end you have to judge whether one follows a God of Love or a God of Hate and Vengeance. Until we recognize the reality of this, we will forever be debating about trying to correct symptoms rather than the problem. I recognize this is probably not politically correct, but I am sure that it is correct.

  3. Inshalla! says:

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/migrant-crisis-syrian-refugee-in-germany-reportedly-tells-other-migrants-that-he-killed-for-isis/ar-AAey5XR?li=AAadgLE&ocid=sk2mdhp

    Controversial news like these are aimed to provide cover for alleged ‘terrorists’ who are given missions to spy on Al Qaeda and ISIS. Look, no charges were filed.

  4. inshallah says:

    isis no muslim, its the devil in the world with 666

  5. Inshalla! says:

    Why are you using my username “Inshalla”? You are the devil. Not ISIS. Your dirty trick is noted by the owner of the server. Be careful. They know your IP address and they are all ISIS and Al Qaedas. They will hunt you down. To prove to you that you might be dead, try logging in again after 2 weeks and you cannot. Because these people cannot forgive those who have offended children of Allah like ISIS. You will die.

  6. jihadi john says:

    Welllllll, I believe that ISIS is actually CIA assets, so attacking ISIS is attacking AMERICA!
    By the way, Sharia Law is probably the best solution for the modern world tbh…

  7. taleb says:

    it is true but how would these people like this god they are ld

  8. Inshalla! says:

    We do not wish to be suicide bombers. They are caused by the gruesome illwishes of our ‘bitterest enemies inside the household”. Our next of kin.. Proof!

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/chief-suspect-is-an-isis-militant-whose-own-family-wished-him-dead/ar-BBn8rQE?li=AAadgLE&ocid=sk2mdhp

  9. Inshalla! says:

    Why we (ISIS) will never stop. Not until the Christians stop persecuting us will we never stop the carnage. Brothers and sisters in Allah go on proselytizing in the name of Allah!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Muslims

  10. Inshalla! says:

    We do not wish to be suicide bombers. They are caused by the gruesome illwishes of our ‘bitterest enemies inside the household”. Our next of kin.. Proof!

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/chief-suspect-is-an-isis-militant-whose-own-family-wished-him-dead/ar-BBn8rQE?li=AAadgLE&ocid=sk2mdhp

  11. Inshalla! says:

    Harass Western governments with personal injury lawsuits until they go bankrupt and totally weakened to self-destruction. Follow what this boy did.

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/clock-boy-seeking-dollar15m-from-city-and-school/ar-BBnmjBm?li=AAadgLE&ocid=sk2mdhp

  12. I love God says:

    OKAY SO ALL TOU ISIS IDIOTS THAT THINK YOUR PRAISING “ALLAH” ARE KILLING PEOPLE SO YOU CAN PRAISE ALLAH. YOUR ALL IDIOTS! ISIS WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD AND WANTS EVERYONE MUSLIM, WHEN IF YOU KILL EVERYONE, YOU WONT BE RULING THE WORLD YOU STUPID IDIOTS. AND YES, I AM A 11 YEAR OLD GIRL IN 6th GRADE AND I AM A CHRISTIAN. AND ALSO, WHAT IS THE POINT OF MUSLIMS, ISIS, AND ATHEISTS? IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD YOUR WHOLE LIFE, THEN DIE, AND FIND OUT THAT GOD WASNT REAL, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN! YOU WILL JUST REALIZE THAT YOUVE BEEN GOOD YOUR WHOLE LIFE AND YOUVE FINISHED LIFE AS A GREAT PERSON. AND IF YOU DONT BELIEVE IN GOD, THEN DIE, AND REALIZE THAT GOD DIDNT EXIST, YOU WONT WIN ANYTHING! SO I SUGGEST, YOU NELIEVE IN GOD, AND NOT KILL PEOPLE. YOU IDIOTS! AND JUST BECAUSE IM 11, DOES NOT MEAN IM NOT SMART AND THAT I DONT KNOW ANYTHING. AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO ARGUE WITH ME, ILL WIN! CHRISTIANS ARE INFINITY TIMES BETTER THAN ATHEISTS AND ISLAM WILL EVER BE. AND YOU GUYS ARE ALL WRONG LOL YOU THINK YOUR RIGHT. :’)

    • GT geography talking to a smart girl =p says:

      This is coming from another 11 year old girl in 6th grade. Anyways, you are correct that killing is not worth just to praise Allah, but many people in that religion do not follow the kill for Allah law, it’s just that few of the many Muslims that stand out because they are going WAY too far in their religion, following it strictly. Look, As stated in the article, ISIS wants to restore the “Old Islam”. Most of us would be fine with that until we reached the fact that it tells the “followers” to Kill/convince all who are not Muslim to join their religion. See that point? AND YOU HOWEVER SHOULD NOT SAY THAT CHRISTIANITY IS THE BEST BECAUSE PROB EVEN JESUS (no wait take that back he probably existed logiclly). We were the ones who shared the same spoon for honey every Sunday and killed so many people with the diseases spread! We kept slaves! And you are not even narrowing to which Christian religion. Look, I am Orthodox Christian and I don’t even celebrate Christmas or New Years just Jan 7th for Epiphany not that I am very religious or anything. Hope you reply cause I like debating. =3

      • Chip says:

        Another 12 year old girl from 7th grade. I can probably guess you want to be a lawyer, but it’s a lot more than debating. I’d choose to follow the path of being recognized as an atheist held from my situation. I was born in a Christian family and my mother pushed her religion on me even though I didn’t believe in a god. Anyways, I think you’re right. Muslims take Allah very seriously, and have killed people in such brutal ways, including scorching someone in a cage… Leaning towards the pushing of religion, that was way long ago. Inshalla’s mind is fucked if they think they can do that from a couple 300-400 years ago.

    • Chip says:

      And for you, learn how to spell for one. Stop using all caps, it doesn’t make you any more important. Christians aren’t infinity times better than atheists. Get your facts settled kid. And to say we’re all wrong must really say something about you and your underdeveloped childhood.

    • Chip says:

      Haha I personally think you’re an absolute cunt for saying Christians are “infinity times better than atheists. Fuck off kid, being an atheist was never brought up in this conversation.

  13. I love God says:

    AND LOL YOU “INSHALLAH” PERSON THINK YOUR RIGHT. YOUR AN IDIOT. AND YOUR NAME MAKES NO SENSE. I SPEAK ARABIC AND I KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

  14. I love God says:

    AND, INSHALLAH, ISIS IS THE DEFINITION OF DEVIL

  15. I love God says:

    Idiots.. Smh

  16. Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah says:

    (BANNED FROM TV)

    A Message To America From a Mujahid In The West
    (A message from Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah al-Sicilian)

    I begin with Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim.

    All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. We praise Him, seek His aid and protection, and ask Allah for His forgiveness. I testify that there is no God but Allah alone, who has no partner, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. May Allah send blessings and peace upon him and upon his family and companions. Peace be upon those who follow the guidance.

    Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh. My name is Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah al-Sicilian. I am a fighter of the Islamic State and my bai’a is with Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    This is my message to America.

    The event in which I planned on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Washington D.C. would have been a great attack against America. Even with my capture its repercussions will not stop. Although it would have been a great attack against America but the events that will follow are dangerous and more enormous than the planned attack against the United States Capital. The event was but a reaction to the continued American aggression, injustice and oppression against our people and it is in self defense against the coalition of nations waging war against the Islamic State.

    We are people who refuse to live under oppression and reject humiliation and disgrace and we are going to take revenge on those waging war against our people and the blood of the Muslims won’t be spilt without punishment. We must use such punishment to stop you and your evil. America is a nation of evil. What we see from America is the invasion and occupation of Muslim lands and torture of our brother in Abu Ghuarib and Guantanamo Bay and the murder and rape of our children, mothers and sisters over the past decade. America thought it could threaten the lives of our people and invade and occupy our lands but we will not stay silent in such aggression and we will fight and insight others to do the same. The battle has moved to inside of America and we are fighting till we get victory or martyrdom. Just as you are killing our people we will kill yours, we will do as you do, if you kill our people we will kill yours until you stop. Each action will have a similar reaction so the planned attack against the United States Capital is in reaction to what happens to our lands and our people and we won’t hesitate to kill those who occupy our lands and kill our people. We don’t see a difference between those dressed in Military uniforms and business suits. They all are a target to us.

    So I tell the American people if you value the lives of your people you stop this war against our people. Every day you delay this aggression, injustice and oppression against our people you will be attacked.

    As for those who condemn this they view it in isolation and fail to connect it to the past events and not look at the causes that lead to this result. Their perspective is not based on either a religious, legal nor even a rational perspective. They will just see the American people and the media criticizing so they will stand up with them in criticism but do not listen to them. Do not listen to those who will allow the Muslims to be humiliated by the kufar and the kufar to invade and occupy Muslim lands and the Prophet of Allah (sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) insulted in exchange for being safe and pleased with by the kufar. If we defend ourselves they begin to insult us, condemn what we do and call us terrorist and say we don’t represent the religion of Islam. We don’t care about any of their opinions or criticisms or the fact that they will place a price on our heads and even if the whole world decides to get together and kill us.

    To the media… do not ask why I planned to do what I did but ask your government what they done that forced me to plan to do what I did.

    America is against the establishment of an Islamic State. We have one religion, one Allah (ta’ala), one book, one Ummah, we have no borders and we live by the divine law of Allah (ta’ala). The kufar doesn’t like this. In our religion we believe that Allah (ta’ala) created us to worship Him alone. Allah (ta’ala) created us and blessed us with this religion and we are to fight in His Cause to make His word above all, above the word of the disbelievers. So we seek to do so. We seek to implement the Shari’ah and apply the rule of the Qur’an, we seek to break the borders and make the word of Allah (ta’ala) above all. In’Sha’Allah we will achieve these goals with what we have. We will fight against those who fight against us and we have Allah (ta’ala) as our protector and ally while you have no protector or ally.

    With the permission of Allah (ta’ala) we will bring America to its knees and we will raise the black banner banner of Tawhid over America and its Capital.

    Dear brothers and sisters in Dar al-Kufar… awaken for this is the call of Jihad. Your load your guns, you assemble your explosive devices, you get out there and you use your weapons. You hunt down the government employees, the media, the soldiers, the Jews, the Crusaders , the Zionist, the Shia and the apostates allies and you kill them. You kill them where you can, when you can. We need to destroy this kufar system but I cannot do this alone. I need you now. So go fourth and fight against the disbelieving people of America.

  17. I PERSONALLY THINK THAT YOU ARE A CUNT XXXXX

  18. King says:

    “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah” I for the most part understand where your coming from but aren’t you guys the one that did 9/11 which caused American Forces to attack you guys?

  19. Chip says:

    You’re the freaks who did 9/11. Why else would you think you’re mass murderers or in less severe cases, “bad”. #911DidBush

  20. Inshalla! says:

    I’m a cunt.

  21. Inshalla! says:

    Allah is a fucking stupid cunt too.