Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog #6

For this week, I focused on an article in The Economist which looked at the social, political, and economic challenges which, although initially fueling the rise of the Islamic State, have begun to create significant challenges for ISIS. Although ISIS has supposedly sought to create a single state to rule over all Muslims, like the caliphates of the past, internal tension has become significant as residents who live in areas controlled by ISIS complain of declining services and unnecessarily violent activity by the militants. However, a major concern raised in the article is the possibility that Iranian soldiers, who comprise most of the force fighting against ISIS, might victimize Sunni civilians as a result of their religious differences which will drive the Sunni population closer to ISIS as a result of their fear. As a result, despite the challenges facing ISIS, the proto-state will continue to be a problem as a result of the sense of victimization that pervades Sunni culture.



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