Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ISIL the ME version of the Taiping Rebellion?

It was 5 in the morning and I was reading this stuff?

By the time I got to the end of the story I have decided how ISIL should be labeled. I will stop seeing them as deviant Muslims and call them a Muslim cult.

These are early days but Taiping Rebellion in China could potentially be a lens we could use to understand the attraction of the ISIL phenomena.

In the Middle East begin by substituting China in late Qing with Islam. You will begin to see parallels. The Muslim governments in the region are like the feckless and corrupt Qing government of the 19th century.

Just as Hong Xiuquan distorted Christianity for his nefarious ends, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is doing the same. Both were from the scholar class too.

Far too many Muslims are seeing how their leaders are failing them. History had been priming them for this moment. They are looking for a truer and purer Islam. That vacuum should be filled but it looks like Baghdadi got there first. Militarily and politically destroying ISIL will not only not solve this problem but make it worse. Don't forget ISIL is the result of a failed Al Qaeda. Only a peaceful, confident and successful Islam would.

Until a spiritual solution is found, ISIL should be kept in check but not defeated or destroyed.


  1. "Until a spiritual solution is found"

    I have to disappoint you

    Unfortunately the book itself is corrupt to begin with

    You can wait long long


    Interesting eh.. The joy of knowledge

  3. For people who love fiction

  4. If a dog looks like a rat, sounds like a rat, and smells like a rat

    probably itsnt a dog

  5. The easiest way to spot satan is to identify the one that pitches brother against brother. satan does not wear a red cloak and holds a fork pick. Neither is satan appearing in a villian prototype. In fact to the contrary. satan may look and behave like any of us - in fact much better than the best of us in conduct. remember the bible (and other Good books) say, satan is the prince of lies. The deceiver - so be very wary and look beneath the facade.