Guardian has put out a very interesting read into how ISIS is winning Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney's battle against al-Qaidi.
"Isis has not simply eclipsed al-Qaida on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, and in the competition for funding and new recruits. According to a series of exclusive interviews with senior jihadi ideologues, Isis has successfully launched “a coup” against al-Qaida to destroy it from within. As a consequence, they now admit, al-Qaida – as an idea and an organisation – is now on the verge of collapse."
This is certainly not great news for the region. Although in my formative years al-Qaeda was built as the big, scary other across the world now that role certainly falls to ISIS. The issue is, ISIS is a lot bigger and a lot scarier. That or al-Qaeda is the walkman and ISIS is the Ipod, an upgrade to the violence, we will have to wait and see.
This article delves into ISIS' progression from a branch of al-Qaeda, into a squabbling group trying to find its own way, into likely the most violent, moral-free group. It's a situation where you almost look to al-Qaida's legacy as quaint.
It claims ISIS bought support from al-Qaida factions at the cost of 1 to 5 million for loyalty or, the article alleges,"the group had been run for several years by men who once served Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime."
I've been reading a lot about the history of this region of the world, although there's not enough time in my life to know everything or even 1/100, but when what I would consider fanatical theologians, whose religion has been an excuse for violence, are feeling afraid, that's not a good sign.
Kelly Geraldine Malone is a freelance journalist, podcaster, and radio producer based out of Manitoba, Canada