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I’m So HYPE
Islamic State is the biggest thing to happen this generation if not this century and no one realizes it yet. The media speaks of IS as a ragtag jihadi rebel group when in reality they are more akin to a nascent revolutionary army the likes of which we havent seen since the Red Army of China. I’d even like to argue that there are parallels to them and the army of Mohamed which swept and conquered the great Zoroastrian Persian empire and much of the Roman empire at the same time in a span of a decade or so, reducing mighty Rome to the neutered Byzantines. The destruction of both these empires was the conclusion of the old world, of antiquity, and the beginning of the middle ages. If Islamic State succeeds in securing the foothold they are very close to seizing, it will upset the geopolitical framework as we’ve known it since at least 1945 (or as far back as the 1700s) so dramatically that the western world will HAVE to go to war to preserve the status quo.
To understand this significance, one needs to understand the concept of the “Great Game,” which has dictated all global conflicts and theatres of war since the height of Great Britain and the colonial empires of Europe. For much of modern history, most wars have revolved around western containment of any potential central Asian power or control of access to the region for logistics or resources. For most of that time, the regional power that necessitated containment was Russia. Russia has represented the greatest threat to the west for this potential alone. However, at some points of time, other powers have been in the spotlight such as Iran. Generally, Western policy toward central Asia has always been to keep the region fractured, relatively insignificant, vassalised to a western power, or under the rule of a western friendly ruler. It’s why Britain, Russia and the United States have gone to war in Afghanistan time and time again among other historical flashpoints that concentrate in that region. It’s why the USA intervened in Libya (and attempted to as well with Syria), but disregarded Darfur. It’s why the unfolding international situation in Ukraine is similar to that in Syria as well as that in Afghanistan. These aren’t isolated theatres and incidents but all flashpoints on the same chessboard.
What the Islamic State represents to this ongoing game of chess is the introduction of a third team in the centre of the game. Like as if many of the pawns decided to band together, start striking both the white and black pieces in the midst of it all, upsetting the balance and creating a new game all together.
Black-robed, gold-faced muses symbolizing Drama, Tragedy and Comedy on the facade of the National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania
Ukraine finance minister: “As of August 1, we’ll have nothing to pay the military”
Its over. The separatists, Russia has won.
Iraqis start painting “we are all Christians” on their homes and buildingsafter ISIS mark Christian homes and business with the arabic letter “n”, which stands for the word “Nasrani” meaning ‘Christian’ in Arabic.
By Isabel Coles KABERLI Iraq (Reuters) - A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years. More than half a million people have been displaced across Iraq since June, when the north’s biggest city, Mosul, fell to Sunni insurgents who have harried Shi’ite Turkmen and Shabaks, Yezidis and Christians. Now the Islamic State’s cleansing campaign has rid farmland and villages in the surrounding Nineveh province and beyond of longtime minority inhabitants, leaving the country’s north segregated along clear sectarian and ethnic lines.
this is the saddest fucking thing i have ever seen
I want to frame this screencap in my haus
WHY are we campaigning for the Amazing Atheist to shove more shit up his ass again? why is all i as
request for his whole youtube library to go up the funhole
BREAKING: ISLAMIC STATE (formerly ISIS) HAS BEGUN AN OFFENSIVE IN BAGHDAD
The Iraqi Witness @_IraqiWitness ·
Abu Bakr ‏@ProxetSC2
@davreg37 @truthsMaster So the conquest of Baghdad begun, may Allah(SWT) grant victory to the IS Mujahideen aaaameeen!
Reggie Davis @davreg37
Reports of massive #IS/#ISIS assault on al-‘Anaz area western #Baghdad as well as al-Rafush just west of the city
Reggie Davis @davreg37
Seriously reports of clashes all over #Baghdad. They are only intensifying. Sources claiming heavying fire & explosions in east of city now
@Iraqalsunna: “Urgent North of Baghdad, battles are the fiercest they’ve been since beginning of the revolution” #iraq (translated)
@davreg37: #Important magnitude of #Baghdad attacks. #IS also had massive operation in Deir ez-Zour last night: http://storify.com/davreg37/islam “