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In June of 2014, the Islamic militant group known as ISIS declared that it now prefers the name Islamic State (IS). The President BO (the amateur president) refers to it as ISIL. So is it ISIS, ISIL or IS?
In 1999 the militant group established by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi called itself “Al-Qaeda in Iraq.” It was part of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network, the one that attacked the US in the 9/11 Twin Towers collapse. The group has operated under several names. Its current leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, insisted that it is now to be called the Islamic State.
If you spoke Arabic, you would refer to them in the Arabic language as “Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. The term “al-“Sham” refers to a region stretching from southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt (also including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan).
The common English designation of this territory is “the Levant.” That is ostensibly why President BO (tap) refers to them as ISIL. This way, he does not have to use the letter that stands for Syria, the last “S” in ISIS. Because PBO (tap) refused to send troops into Syria to intervene in their civil war, he prefers not to refer to them at all.
The Obama administration claims to believe that “Levant” (“L”) is a more accurate translation of the Arabic name. Linguists disagree, but he doesn’t care. In his usual narcissistic way, he’ll call them what he pleases.
So, ISIS is the correct translation of the first three words of Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. “al-Sham” is a reference to Syria and its surrounding region.
ISIL refers to the undefined region surrounding Syria, but does not refer to Syria itself. ISIL includes Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The militants want their control to extend beyond Iraq.
IS, the Islamic State, represents the militant group’s desire to be the main “nationality” that rules that part of the Middle East. They seek to become the country referred to when the rest of the world mentions the Middle East.
Many Muslims reject the notion of an “Islamic State,” stating that ISIS (ISIL/IS) is neither Islamic nor a State. They want IS to change its name to something more descriptive of who
they really are. That is probably not going to happen.
The clearly stated goal of ISIS/ISIL/IS is to restore a caliphate (an Islamic State) in the entire area. They have also recruited more and more people to build toward this goal, including Americans. Why Americans would reject the benefits of America, including the relative peace enjoyed here, to join a vulgar, uncivilized, barbaric would-be country like ISIS is open to question.
Whether they are called ISIL, ISIS or IS, this group is growing in number and is developing the capability to wreak havoc around the world, including the United States. They need to be permanently deleted.
With proper leadership, the US and its willing allies could accomplish that with the same degree of success it won Desert Storm. The press and the world trembled when we too on that project, stating often that we were crazy to take on the “third most powerful military in the world.” Our resolve there was total, and we accomplished the task in short order. We could almost as easily accomplish the annihilation is ISIS if we wanted to.
For whatever reason, we don’t.