Will the fight against the Islamic State succeed in saving Islam? The supporters of the Islamic State can and do point to Islamic texts and teachings to justify what they do. The Muslims in the West who denounce the Islamic State have thus far ignored the Qur’anic justifications for their actions, and declined to address their Qur’anic case. This is not a strategy that is going to win the internal debate, however dazzling it may be to non-Muslims who are eager to be convinced that their complacency is justified.
“Jordan queen says fight against IS key to saving Islam,” i24News, November 18, 2014:
Queen Rania urges support for US-led air strikes against jihadists, stresses need for education reform
Jordan’s Queen Rania on Tuesday urged support for US-led air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.
“Our silence is the greatest gift” for IS, which has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, she told participants at a media summit in Abu Dhabi.
“We are complicit in their success,” added the queen.
She is married to King Abdullah II, whose Hashemite kingdom has joined the US-led air campaign against IS in Syria along with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
“The coalition must be broader… It’s the fight for the future of the Middle East and Islam,” she said. “It’s a fight that we have to win.”
She said the fight goes beyond the battleground and is between moderates and extremists worldwide.
“Winning also depends on our ability to conquer the philosophical battleground as well. Because at the heart of this assault is an ideology,” she said.
Ain’t that the truth.
Queen Rania stressed the need for education reform, insisting that the followers of extremist groups are “from classrooms in which they were never challenged to think for themselves, and where they learned an outdated curriculum”….
Ah, in America we don’t have that problem — no, wait…