The fight against a terror-regime
The IS are an extremist armed group with a declared goal of establishing a Sunni-Muslim state in Syria and Iraq. The group is exploiting the state of chaos that is prevailing – both militarily and politically – in the two countries in order to gain ground. Sadly, many are flocking to their banner in order to get rid of the incumbent regimes – not just jihadists from the region but also volunteers from Western Countries, such as Norway.
Professor in religious history Kari Vogt has said that the IS are practicing an extreme interpretation of Sharia law. We’ve heard stories of beheading, mass-executions and children being buried alive. There is a targeted persecution of religious minorities to the extent that even al-Qaida has disapproved of the group.
The use of military force should in my opinion be the very last resort in order to safeguard freedom and lives. In the case of the IS, I believe we have reached this point. It is therefore morally right of the US to bomb the group’s positions and slow their advance. If not we may soon experience an actual terror-regime rooted in the region.
Ideally it should be the United Nations interfering in this tragedy and protecting the persecuted minorities. The UN Security Council has adopted the principle of “Responsibility to Protect” which entails that it is the international society’s right and duty to intervene and protect – if necessary with arms – the citizens of any country if its own authorities are unable or unwilling to protect them from genocide, war crimes or ethnic cleansing. This is now the case in Iraq. The UN should therefore act decisively and not leave the job to an individual country.
The acts of the IS make you wonder how human beings can become so hateful and extreme. An analysis of this has to be part of a longer-term strategy on how to cope with the growth of such extreme radicalization. Nobel-Laureate Elie Wiesel once said that the core of extremism and terror is the feeling of humiliation. Endured suffering and humiliation can give rise to revenge, extremism and terrorism. Can this explain anything, or are there other reasons for what we are seeing?