Raymond Ibrahim: There is little new or original in the videos and communiques from the Islamic State. Just static Islamism.
If one turns to the speeches of other Islamic and jihadi groups around the world – from the African groups such as Boko Haram (Nigeria) and al-Shabaab (Somalia), to Asian groups such as Abu Sayyaf (Philippines) and the Islamic Movement (Uzbekistan) – it’s the same thing, same themes, same scriptures, same quotations, same exhortations, same condemnations. Only their temporal circumstances and vicissitudes of victory or defeat differ.
While the Western mentality, so used to seeing and hearing about the “latest” or “newest” fad, may deem the Islamist approach as static or insipid, it is, quite the contrary, immensely effective for its purposes, and thus dangerous.
Consider: It’s the same exact message – of supremacism, hate, and violence, capped off with divine sanctioning – repeated over and over again, from a myriad of sources and organizations, all of which claim authority.
One can think of few better ways to brainwash and indoctrinate young and impressionable minds – to the point that they eagerly embrace death, including through suicide (AKA “martyrdom operations”).
Nor is this message of jihad, conquest, and death-to-the-infidel, limited to the verbiage that transpires among terrorist organizations; instead, this sort of rhetoric has spread far and wide, thanks to modern technology – including the Internet and social media – and the rich Gulf States, chief among them Saudi Arabia, which have seen to it that the jihadi books and passages being quoted are available to all and sundry.
Indeed, and has been demonstrated repeatedly, such jihadi rhetoric is regularly used in mosques all throughout Europe and America – explaining why an inordinate amount of jihadis in Syria and Iraq, such as Abu Muthana, the aforementioned “Brit,” are in fact from the West.
If the West, in the name of “religious freedom,” is still too fretful to monitor and ban such sermons, in Egypt – a Muslim nation in the heart of the Islamic world – the post Muslim Brotherhood government has come to understand the necessity of outlawing “certain” kinds of rhetoric from the mosques, specifically those about jihad against infidels and apostates.
The overwhelming majority of attacks on Egypt’s Christian Copts occur on Friday – the one day of the week Muslims congregate in mosques to hear sermons.
Ultimately, however, such a move from Egypt – an Islamic nation – is an indicator of just how problematic unregulated (i.e., jihadi) sermons can be: if “moderate” Muslims are fearful from the repercussions of “radicalized” sermons, shouldn’t we “infidels” be even more wary of them?
Klevius comment: The problem isn't rhetoric but islam! This author seems not to understand that "static islamism" is the very origin of islam whereas PC islam is "new and original". It’s the same exact message – of racist/sexist supremacism, hate, and violence, capped off with divine sanctioning - which made islamic parasitism successful in the first place!