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Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 2) 583

The Russians claim they are opposing ISIL (or whatever we want to call them) but actually spend more energy attacking the other opposition to Assad.
The Turks claim they are opposing ISIL but have a different agenda: Support the Ethnic Turks in the border area, fight the Kurds, Assad and any Shia muslims who get involved. ISIL are Sunni fanatics (as are Al Q), Turkey is mostly Sunni.

I'd guess that the downed plane did not enter Turkish airspace, it was definitely bombing the ethnic Turks in the border area.
If Russia actually restricted their attacks to ISIL, Turkey would still be looking to attack the Kurds whenever they could.

The Russians only have one ally in the area - Assad. If they dropped him then they would lose face, other potential allies would not take them seriously.
The US are allied with Saudi Arabia and have been since Eisenhower. The Saudis have done very well out of this alliance, so have - to a certain extent - the US. The problem now is that the Al Q / ISIL strain of Sunni Islam is the Wahabi strain which comes straight from the Saudi ruling house - those two organisations are practicing what the Saudis preach. Acceptance of that conflict of interest would mean the end of the US / Saudi alliance. That would leave the US out on a limb - it would take a lot to get them together with Iran and that is the main regional alternative.

Comment Re: Islam's relationship to modern science (Score 1) 330

Well write it into the constitution of the country then if you're that worried - it sorta works in Lebanon (well actually it's a total cluster duck right now but that's because of Syria).

In Lebanon the seats in Parliament are allocated by sect, Christians get half, Muslims (including fringe groups like Alawis and Druze) get the other half.

The president is ALWAYS a Maronite Catholic, the Prime Minister a Sunni and the speaker of Parliament a Twelver Shia.

Or shit, just give them residency papers and not citizenship and there's no problem with voting at all..

Comment Re: Islam's relationship to modern science (Score 5, Insightful) 330

Yes, because Shariah does not allow a valid Caliph (whom al-Baghdadi is, btw - he meets all the qualifications including being Qurayshi, the first real Caliph since like the Abbasids) to recognise any borders or accept any peace treaties longer than 10 years.

It's the duty of the Caliph to wage Jihad and conquer as much as possible territory to be included in Dar al-Islam - should he not do so, he would no longer be worthy of bays'a [allegiance] of Muslims.

It's not so much lebensraum but rather territory that hasn't yet been occupied by the Ummah (basically the nation that is Muslim).

This is the hardcore Salafi doctrine by which people like Daeesh operate by and it's theologically valid, though batshit insane.

HOWEVER, only about 70-80% of Muslims are Sunnis and of those maybe 10-15% are Salafis.

So no, the "mohammedic brutalism" will not be carried with them - they've seen what life under a Caliphate is like and they want the hell out of there.

I can say this with some certainty as during my last 3 years in Beirut (which BTW has more Syrian refugees than ANY Western city) say that the Daeesh are a bunch of psychopathic foreign assholes led by an eloquent sociopath from Baghdad.

Comment Re:Funny (Score 1) 166

Which in and of itself is an imposition of morality. You consider the imposition of morality to be so evil that you're willing to impose YOUR morality on others.

Your judgment that others are bigots is in and of itself an imposition of morality.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead