Who is to blame for the rise of ISIS?

All to often, people claim the reasons behind the growth of the Islamic State, is due to the failure of the Iraqi people to understand or accept the democratic process, which was introduced to Iraq back in 2003. 

But what attitudes as these represent, is a deep immaturity, along with the failure to understand the foundations of ISIS, lie in a variety of factors which began with the 2003 invasion, by both the US and UK. The failure of the US and UK to secure the borders of Iraq upon the initial invasion, allowed for the infiltration into Iraq, of foreign Jihadist elements. Who were able to freely cross the borders and establish bases to operate from. 

Due to the fact Iraqi people speak Arabic and not English or Spanish, both the US and UK armies demonstrated a clear inability to communicate with people on a basic level, which forced them to rely heavily on external translators. Another failure was the US/UK support for the De-Baathification policy, which saw Iraq’s military disbanded along with the civil service. 

This policy saw the exclusion of Iraq’s Sunni community from public office, where guilt was assumed by alleged association, with allegations never needing to be proven in law. This policy also resulted in the post 2003 US/UK Iraqi Army and Police Force, lacking experienced officers, who held an understanding of the political dynamics, which existed prior to the overthrow of Saddam and the changes which occurred after 2003.

Burkini: To wear or not to wear, that is the question, or is it?

A woman surrounded by armed Police on a public beach, and under their watchful gaze is forced to strip. Does this stop terrorism? This was the question posed, when the French decided to impose the Burkini ban. 

Commentators tried claiming, women wearing the Burkini on mixed beaches posed a danger to secularism. That attacks against Charlie Hebdo had made the actions in France “understandable” because people were “sensitive” and more aware of “hidden ideologies” behind women wearing a wet suit, with a swimming cap attached. 

The threat posed to everyone from the Burkini was such, that among the fanciful theories behind the Burkini, few recognised the obvious contradictions in the photographs used by the media. Where Burkini wearing women and their families, were seen sharing beaches, with women in Bikini’s and allot of half naked men. 

Now all of this is truly terrifying, as both Western civilisation and the presence of ISIL hangs in the balance of those women who wear the Burkini. It’s an easy mistake to make, because in the 21st Century, terrorism is fought with a PrayFor hashtag and a filter on a Facebook profile picture.