The Islamic State has proven to be much more appealing to young Muslims in Western countries than al-Qaeda or other jihad terror groups ever were. As I have pointed out many times, this is because of the attraction of the idea of the caliphate, the supranational unity of the Muslims in a single state. Now the BBC has noticed, slipping this salient detail into the fourth paragraph of a generally accurate historical overview of the caliphate and its significance.
“What’s the appeal of a caliphate?,” BBC, October 25, 2014 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The last caliphate – that of the Ottomans – was officially abolished 90 years ago this spring. Yet in a 2006 Gallup survey of Muslims living in Egypt, Morocco, Indonesia and Pakistan, two-thirds of respondents said they supported the goal of “unifying all Islamic countries” into a new caliphate.