Cities not under fear but monuments feared

The stories, the videos, the acts of unfathomable brutality have become a defining aspect of ISIS, which controls a nation-size tract of land and has now pushed Iraq to the precipice of dissolution. Its adherents kill with such abandon that even the leader of al-Qaeda has disavowed them.

“Clearly, [leader Ayman] al-Zawahiri believes that ISIS is a liability to the al-Qaeda brand,”

Aaron Zelin, who analyzes jihadist movements for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The Washington Post in June 2014.

One video captured militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) herding hundreds of boys and Iraqi soldiers down a highway to an unknown fate. One reporter said an Iraqi woman in Mosul claimed to have seen a “row of decapitated soldiers and policemen” on the street. Other reports spoke of “mass beheadings.” The UN Human Rights chief said the summary executions “may run into the hundreds”

Several Islamic Militants [Islamic terrorists] want to show the West what they are capable of and do think they can frighten them but also gain more supporters and recruit fighters by their publications of professional video’s.

When we see propaganda videos for the terrorist group ISIS the strange thing is that like in their recruitment videos the IS-controlled territory is depicted as a calm, seemingly normal place to live, despite reports of the group’s harsh brand of Islamic justice, which includes mass killings and torture. When the rebels talk about their fellow combatants who lost blood they say it is pure blood, like in one of the latest video’s it even says about the Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of their religion not being cheap:

“In fact, their blood is the purest blood because there is a nation behind them (which) inherits revenge. And we swear to Allah: the one who disgraced you by our hands, you will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you embrace Islam.”

They say their battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy, between truth and falsehood. They also give enough reason to continue until the bitter end, until there is no more polytheism. Though they say they are willing to give people the choice to come to Allah, to to embrace Islam or maintain their Christian faith and pay a tax.

“The Islamic state has offered the Christian community this many times and set a deadline for this, but the Christians never cooperated,”

the speaker says in one of the latest videos where two groups of prisoners, believed to be Ethiopian Christians, in Libya, are executed (Sunday 2015 April 19).

They want to give the impression it is because not the right choice is made that terror comes over them, because when they repent and become a Muslim they would be able to live in a peaceful Islamic State.

The British photojournalist and captive of the Islamic State also described Mosul, located more than 300 miles from Kobani, Syria, as “top of the world” and life as being “business as usual after years of oppression.”

We are given the impression that Sunni Muslims

“can walk the streets without fear of Shia oppression.”

In a local “souk” or market John Cantlie claims

“it’s so normal, crazy and busy. This is not a city living under fear.”

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Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی‎ elected 7° President of Iran

though already in June 2014 Iran let the world of Muslim rebels know not to hesitate to defend Shi’ite Muslim holy sites in neighbouring Iraq against “killers and terrorists”. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said many people had signed up to go to Iraq to defend the sites and “put the terrorists in their place”. He added that veteran fighters from Iraq’s Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish communities were also “ready for sacrifice” against these militant forces.

“Regarding the holy Shia shines in Karbala, Najaf, Khadhimiya and Samarra, we announce to the killers and terrorists that the big Iranian nation will not hesitate to protect holy shrines,”

he said at the beginning of June 2014, speaking to a crowd on a visit to western Lorestan province.

“These terrorist groups, and those that fund them, both in the region and in the international arena, are nothing, and hopefully they will be put in their own place.

Of the warning by the Iranian senior military official Brigadier General of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri his warning that Iran might take “direct action” against the Islamic State terrorist organization if ISIS militants attacking Baghdad or any other sacred sites hosting Shiite holy shrines we did not see much.

That the Islamic Republic of Iran will act to protect Iraq’s capital city and other towns with Shiite holy sites from possible destruction or occupation by Sunni ISIS militants is not so much seen and the ISIS fighters managed the last year to destroy many beautiful historical buildings.

Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia group have all played key roles in helping Iraqi forces claim a major military victory in October 2013 when they forced ISIS militants out of control in the town of Jurf al-Shakher, which is located about 37 miles southwest of Baghdad.

Shiite shrine in Samarra, IraqThe Shiite shrine in Samarra, Iraq was attacked last Summer after it had already sustained heavy damage in 2006 by Al Qaeda groups. The al-Malwiyya Mosque with its spiral minaret, which is 171 feet (52 m) in height with a round room at the summit that is 19.6 feet (6 m) high is only one of the many sites of historic and architectural interest in that city. It was begun in 1443 by the Caliph alMutawakkil. The jihadis went into the shrine and set off explosives in the holy site. The attack resulted in a wave of clashes between Sunni and Shia Muslims throughout Iraq. The sectarian violence stemming from that incident lasted several years. The burial site of the 10th and 11th imams and the site of the disappearance of the 12th ( “hidden” ) imam, was severely damaged by the terrorist bombings in 2006–7 but was subsequently rebuilt and now got again a clash.

For the Sunni extremists of Isis, the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham the infamous mass killing, in 680 c.e. (a.h. 61), of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson Husayn ibn Ali and his small band of supporters by the forces of Yazid ibn Muʿawiya, the second Umayyad caliph, which led to the split between the two strands of Islam – Sunnism and Shi’ism – is not decided.

Normally several holy places not open for non-Muslims where opened to Westerners. The governor of Karbala gave permission because he feared that the shrines are in danger and he wants foreigners, including non-Muslims, to see their beauty and understand their significance. and significant they are very much. Not only for Muslims. They are part of History. It is part of global heritage which should be protected to be a witness in time.

The stupid thing about the ISIS fighters is that they already destroyed a lot of pagan monuments as well where people of faith, like non-trinitarian Christians, could find proof in graven images how certain engravings were incorporated in Christendom to spread the pagan belief of a triunion god. By destroying such witnesses true Christians have no proof any more how Roman Catholicism took over the drawings, sculptures and believes of pagan religions.

ISIS is also undermining the belief in a peaceful Quran and in a possibility to have a Muslim world without hate. Non-muslims can see the different Muslim groups fighting between each other and see also how many of them, like ISIS do not keep to the teachings of Quran and even do not mind burning such holy book, which is desecration according to the Quran.

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Preceding articles:

  1. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  2. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  3. Reluctance to act in Syrian civil war
  4. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  5. Turkey witnessing a surge in xenophobia
  6. ISIL will find no safe haven
  7. Funding of ISIS
  8. Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad

Next: Rampaging, demolishing sacred sites and cultural heritage

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Additional readings:

  1. The world Having to face a collective failure
  2. Do Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL belong to true Islam
  3. Iraqi Christians flee homes amid Islamic militant rampage
  4. Syrian capital facing total destruction in the coming months
  5. UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
  6. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom
  7. Yazidi, they who were created
  8. Abdelhamid Abaaoud brain of Molenbeek’s network dismantled in their hideaway at Verviers
  9. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South

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Further background articles:

  1. Destruction of early Islamic heritage sites in Saudi Arabia
  2. Gaddafi’s Posthumous Gift to Mali: The Tuareg Seize Timbuktu
  3. Timbuktu’s Destruction: Why Islamists Are Wrecking Mali’s Cultural Heritage
  4. Timbuktu’s cultural heritage sites are under attack
  5. News story: U.N. Security Council condemns tomb destruction
  6. Islamic Holy Sites Under Israeli Attacks
  7. Burning Palestinian Mosques for Settlements
  8. Israel Annexes West Bank Mosques
  9. Whose Holy Sites are Under Attack in Jerusalem?
  10. Settlers “Price Tag” Policy
  11. Condemning QSIS or the self-claimed Islamic state ruler, al- Baghdadi their extremist ideologies and to clarify the true teachings of Islam
  12. Islamic State Hostage John Cantlie Reports “From Inside Mosul”
  13. ISIS murders Coptic Christians in mass beheading [Video Clip]
  14. ISIS executes more Christians in Libya, video shows
  15. Extremists Launch New Attack on Kobani
  16. Kobani Hit from All Sides
  17. Kurds Drive IS from Kobani
  18. Iranian General: Iran to Take ‘Direct Action’ Against ISIS If Militants Attack Baghdad or Shiite Holy Sites
  19. ISIS Attacks Shiite Holy Site in Iraq as US Reinforces Baghdad
  20. Advisor of Supreme Leader of Iran assures readiness of Iran to help Iraq combat terrorism
  21. 30,000 Indians volunteer to fight in Iraq to defend Shia shrines
  22. Karbala’s holy shrines, under threat from Isis
  23. Mystical and peaceful brand of Islam called Sufism under attack by the Taliban: Holy Shrines, Under Attack – HDNet World Report (Video)

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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