What Are the Real Motives of Groups Like ISIS

Analysis of every terrorist attack suggests that religion is a mask for the real intention of controlling resources and land

Isis fighters

It is a common belief that groups like ISIS are motivated by their radical theology, a twisted version of Islam and their aim is for this “islam” to be forced on to the Worlds population. Robert Pape, a scientist from the University of Chicago, however believes that this is far too a simplistic view. Having studied every suicide bombing since 1980 (around 4600 in all) he has the data to back up his claims.

What 95 percent of all suicide attacks have in common, since 1980, is not religion, but a specific strategic motivation to respond to a military intervention, often specifically a military occupation, of territory that the terrorists view as their homeland or prize greatly. From Lebanon and the West Bank in the 80s and 90s, to Iraq and Afghanistan, and up through the Paris suicide attacks we’ve just experienced in the last days, military intervention—and specifically when the military intervention is occupying territory—that’s what prompts suicide terrorism more than anything else.

This idea is backed up by multiple reports of captured ISIS fighters who when interviewed had little or no knowledge of Islam. Pape argues, in detail, that our basic misunderstanding of the motives and objectives of groups like ISIS is why to date we have failed to stop them.

You can listen to the complete interview with Robert Pape below;

Press Release: July 7th Bombings

It was in July 1900 that, in his book called Jihad against the British, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of this organisation wrote:

Injustice pertainingto the rights of the creatures will be that the blood of humans shall be shed under the name of jihad so much so that one who will kill an innocent person will think that by shedding that blood he is becoming entitled to a great heavenly reward. Apart from this, many other types of violations of human rights will be carried out simply in the name of religious honour. (page 25)

It is as if he could see the atrocities, which were going to be carried out in the name of Islam over the next century and more.

Today, as we remember the innocent men and women who died on that dark day a decade ago, we should remember those words warning us of the great injustices in the name of Islam to human beings, which were to follow. All right thinking people should most forcefully condemn such acts, especially when carried out in the name of a religion.

Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Associations for propagation of Islam, said

We too cry with the bereaved whose loved ones had their lives cut short. We too remember sitting horrified, in front of our TVs, as the atrocity unfolded. As we remember them let us also remember members of the emergency services and public who endangered their lives and worked tirelessly to save as many people as they could. Perpetrators of such crimes contradict the Holy Qurran which gave this reason for creating th Muslim people : – “And if Allah did not repel some people by others, cloisters, and churches, and synagogues, and mosques in which Allah’s name is much remembered, would have been pulled down. And surely Allah will help him who helps Him. Surely Allah is Strong, Mighty.” (chapter 22, verse 40)