"Now that it has taken Dabiq, the Islamic State awaits the arrival of an enemy army there, whose defeat will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse. Western media frequently miss references to Dabiq in the Islamic State’s videos, and focus instead on lurid scenes of beheading. “Here we are, burying the first American crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” said a masked executioner in a November video, showing the severed head of Peter (Abdul Rahman) Kassig, the aid worker who’d been held captive for more than a year. During fighting in Iraq in December, after mujahideen (perhaps inaccurately) reported having seen American soldiers in battle, Islamic State Twitter accounts erupted in spasms of pleasure, like overenthusiastic hosts or hostesses upon the arrival of the first guests at a party.
The Prophetic narration that foretells the Dabiq battle refers to the enemy as Rome. Who “Rome” is, now that the pope has no army, remains a matter of debate. But Cerantonio makes a case that Rome meant the Eastern Roman empire, which had its capital in what is now Istanbul. We should think of Rome as the Republic of Turkey—the same republic that ended the last self-identified caliphate, 90 years ago. Other Islamic State sources suggest that Rome might mean any infidel army, and the Americans will do nicely." Atlantic Magazine
"Islam is a religion of peace and love..." Yes, that is so for most or at least many Muslims, but for many others the "peace" is for other Muslims, and most especially for those who agree with one's own interpretation of scripture and law. It is easy for apologists for Islam to ignore basic truths and for gullible, shallow politicians like Bush 43 and Kasich to accept a conveniently benign view of islamicate civilization but their gullibility is always based on ignorance and the favorable impression made on them by Muslim apologists.
There is currently a vast quantity of drivel abroad in the land concerning Islam, Salafism, jihadism, etc. At the meeting I recently attended, a poly sci professor who occupies an endowed chair at a major university opined that what the Islamists want is to recover all the lands once held by the 'ummah. That would include; Greece, the Balkans, Sicily, southern mainland Italy, Iberia, southern France, etc. Another professor in the room laughed. This one actually knew a lot about Islam and told the first, "ah, you don't understand, The ones who only want that are the moderates among them." She was correct.
IS is often referred to by the Arabic acronym da'ish (dawlat islamiyah f'il 'iraq wa ash-sham). "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" For some reason it is said by Westerners that this is disparaging because it denies them statehood. The first word "dawlat" means "state" so I don't get that.
Perhaps it is thought disparaging because it confines their statehood to Iraq and Syria. Now, that might be since their goal as described (correctly in my view) by Wood is a fulfillment of the apocalyptic prophecy of a final cataclysmic battle on the Plain of Dabiq north of Aleppo, a battle in which Jesus (a nice touch) will return to lead the army of the Muslims (IS) against the army of "Rome" probably us kuffar (infidels) generally but with Americans as a central feature. According to their expectations, victory at Dabiq will lead to a general unraveling of things and the Day of Judgment.
Now, pilgrims, I understand that many of you whether kuffar or mu'mineen will insist that this is all BS and only oil is real, but Wood and I think you are wrong.
If my new best friend Wood and I are right then the ongoing wave of terror attacks are really intended to provoke us saliibiyeen (crusaders) into coming to Dabiq where they want to dance. Save me a dance, children. Save me a dance. pl