ISIS---why now and what does it mean? ISIS, the Islamic state of Iraq and Al-sham, is the culmination of a fundamentalist movement that his been brewing ever since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. In short, when Muhammad died, he left in place an organization that was governed by a man with great power who enforced Islamic law. This man was called the caliphate. He called the shots, decided who had committed sin, etc. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the position existed in name only. Why? Because one of the requirements to be a REAL caliphate is to have authority over people and the only way this can occur is to reign over territory. This requirement shows the difference between Al-qaeda and ISIS. ISIS seeks territory because this justifies their establishment of a caliphate. Al-qaeda does not seek territory because they do not strictly abide by the Koran, as does ISIS. Understand that this is a huge difference----also understand that Islam is not a religion of peace and that ISIS is not dishonoring the teachings, as many would have us believe. They are following it to the letter. The prophet said not to destroy crops UNLESS they were in the land of the infidel. He also said it was okay to enslave people, to put women in concubines, and to punish those who disobey Islamic law by crucifixion or beheading. This is Islamic fundamentalism and ISIS does not cherry pick from the teaching----they follow it literally. Most Muslims do not follow this but those who honor the role of the caliphate are a different breed of cats.
My name is Richard Biggs and I'm a writer. My latest book is about Jerry Allen LeQuire, a convicted drug kingpin, who rejected two offers from the CIA to work for them, and has been in a federal prison for over 30 years.