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September 4, 2014 - 8:19 am
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On Friday before the Labor Day holiday, the third edition of the Islamic State’s glossy English-language magazine hit the Internet.

It’s called Dabiq, named after a small town in Syria where the Islamic State believes that the final battle for the world will begin. The third edition is titled A Call to Hijrah — “hijrah” means “the path to jihad.”

As we reported Friday, the magazine includes a lengthy statement said to be from James Foley, whom IS had beheaded in the days before A Call to Hijrah was released. It also calls President Barack Obama an “apostate,” which according to Islamic law marks him for death. IS may believe that Obama is a Muslim apostate because his father and grandfather were Muslims, or because he was educated in an Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, or both, and now states that he is a Christian.

In its opening chapters, Dabiq stakes the Islamic State’s claim that it is unique in all of history.

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That is from page four, which includes an undated photo of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He is probably the “unknown man” that the text above refers to, because until the rise of the Islamic State he has not been the worldwide known figure that Osama bin Laden was for al Qaeda until his death.

Dabiq states if one were to travel to the Islamic State’s units on the front-lines in Syria and Iraq, they would see that the “soldiers and commanders [are] of different colors, languages and lands: the Najdi, the Jordanian, the Tunisian, the Egyptian, the Somali, the Turk, the Albanian, the Chechen, the Indonesian, the Russian, the European, the American, and so on. They left their families and their lands to renew the state of the muwahhidin in Sham, and they had never known each other until they arrived in Sham!”

The author goes on to state: “I have no doubt that this state…has become the largest collection of muhajirin in the world, is a marvel of history that has only come about to pave the way for al-Malhamah al-Kubra (the grand battle prior to the Hour).”

Part 2 of Dabiq, which begins on page 6, continues in this vein, extolling its jihadists. It connects Ibn Masud, who lived in the time of Mohammed, to al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who also praised foreign fighters who joined the al Qaeda cause in Iraq. Part 2 endeavors to put the Islamic State squarely into Islamic history, in the mainstream, as inheritors of the mantle left by Mohammed himself and carried out by Zarqawi and now al-Baghdadi.

As a propaganda and recruitment tool, Dabiq is impressive. It is well-produced and takes the time to explain many Islamic concepts that even Muslims who grew up in the West might not be familiar with. The magazine’s characterization of the Islamic State as a multi-national and multi-ethnic melting pot, coupled with photos of smiling IS warriors, is an overt pitch to westerners who have been steeped in multiculturalism in schools and media for decades. IS is pitching itself as the joyous fulfillment of the West’s ideal to bring all races, nationalities and cultures together to live side-by-side in harmony.

The Islamic State’s harmony depends not on voluntary assimilation and tolerance, but on exterminating everyone and everything that it deems haram — sinful.

Dabiq: A Call to Hijrah is embedded  on the next page.

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Oh yes, ISIS is a real model of diversity and tolerance, the leftists should love it. Of course they are not quite so diverse and tolerant if you are a Christian, Kurd, Shia Muslim, Yezidi, Jew, or an american reporter.
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Regarding the assination of Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammed may have been simply prescient as opposed to put off by investigations into is fathering of multiple out-of-wedlock births. Malcolm X was impacted by his 1964 Hajj and its "Muslims of every color" unity - EJ did not want what was more of a self-help group for wayward negroes getting tainted by internationalist Islam.
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Multi-racial but not multi-cultural - unless your idea of a melting pot is everybody having to act like a 7th century Arab tribesman.

Yeah, European Christians tried to "civilize" the heathen, too. Point is, multi-cultis and aggrieved minorities who believe in preserving their culture shouldn't be going for any of it. As it is, seems like Islam gets a pass. I wonder why. Maybe one exotic culture overrunning other exotic cultures isn't oppressive enough.
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Are we really witnessing the beginning of the world's next great conflict? i.e. the rise of the dark forces of Mordor? It's hard to see how extreme Islam pulls this off without an economy that can supply their people's needs and without an armaments industry. At least the Orcs and Uruk-Hai had those subterranean weapons casting operations.

Unfortunately we elected Sauruman as our President and he installed Grima Wormtongue as chief of staff so we aren't going to be much help.

And what of the 1.4 billion elves, er . . Chinese? Will they just let the dark forces overrun Western civilization until they are themselves surrounded?

It's hard to see how this unfolds but one thing to look forward to would be watching Kim Jong Un trying to bully and threaten a world dominated by ISIS. There will be a new title for him: Dear Headless Leader.



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Because they are parasites. They live inside more advanced cultures, take what those cultures produce, and use it against them.

And the advanced cultures do nothing because hey, parasites are people, too.
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Islam has a number of similarities to the old Soviet Union.

As we see here, it portrays itself as a melting pot of nationalities, races, and ethnicities, much as did the ol' USSR. And just like the Commies, much of this "melting pot" within the area it controls has been accomplished by force.

And then the constant blathering about being the harbinger of "peace". The Soviets wanted peace too. And Islam, just as did the Soviet Union, defines "peace" as the conversion or death of all others.

Everything I really needed to know about Islam I learned on 11 September 2001. That lesson has been reinfoced by so much of what has been in the news since, up to and including ISIS today.
15 weeks ago
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Ghanima - "spoils of war." That's the name of Leto's sister in Children of Dune.

This is indeed an interesting insight into how these people view themselves and their lands and it should come as no surprise it doesn't mesh with anything we know. Not being a sophisticated society doesn't mean it is not complex.

"The modern day slavery of employment, work hours, wages, etc., is one that leaves the Muslim in a constant feeling of subjugation to a kafir master."

That reminds me of expressions of black American culture that disdain books because their white. The quote goes a long way towards explaining the failures endemic to the region. Reject anything tainted by the West and your pretty much cut yourself off from success.

Perhaps the key insight is the mystical attachment they have, not for Arabia, but for the Levant. Is that the view of the colonized or an ancient dream of the nearest fertile watered land to Arabia?
15 weeks ago
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Strange, I remember when "employment" was something desirable. Guess I'm behind the times.
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"Islamic State Brands Itself as a Unique Multi-Racial Melting Pot"

I would say that sounds vaguely familiar but it doesn't. It sounds very familiar as if ISIS has been reading and plagiarizing old George W. Bush speeches.

Ramadan is also an occasion to remember that Islam gave birth to a rich civilization of learning that has benefited mankind. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It's a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It's a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad's word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. - George W. Bush

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I'm waiting for the holy Presbyterian church to boycott Toyota-see the cover photo. And to write a theological pamphlet, "Mujahideen Unsettled."

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Sure, a unique melting pot living in harmony. Pay no attention to all those headless infidels lying in that ditch over there.
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