Monday, June 30, 2014

The Caliphate Returns Under Obama’s Watch

A caliphate — a medieval-style Islamic empire led by a successor to Muhammad — has arisen for the first time in nearly 100 years in Iraq, as President Obama stands by and does nothing.
The new caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The new caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The recent takeover of Iraqi cities by ISIS, and its holding of cities in eastern Syria, has led the al-Qaida-linked group to declare a united caliphate, with their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the new head of the empire, or caliph. Muslims believe that the caliphs throughout history have been legitimate successors to the prophet Muhammad, though they have differed in how they believe a caliph should be chosen.
The rise of a new caliph has long been a dream of Islamists around the globe, ever since the last one was legally disbanded by Turkey in 1924. A caliph will undoubtedly serve as a rallying figure for the forces of radical Islam.
It was an event that had been foreseen by many people. ISIS, al-Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood and all the rest of the terrorist groups have never tried to hide the fact that a caliphate was their major goal, and ultimately the spread of Islam throughout the world.
While the U.S. under President Bush fought hard to defeat al-Qaida and replace Saddam Hussein with a government formed along democratic principles, President Obama must own this utter failure of U.S. foreign policy.

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