The Atlantic has an article on ISIS that will help us understand that ISIS is not a mere group of psychopaths. The way to deal with ISIS is not to “bomb the hell out of them” as Donald Trump claimed, at least not that easy. The reality is that the Islamic State is very Islamic, and that they take their religion–apocalypse in specific, more seriously than what Christians regard the Revelations. Yes, it has drawn adventure seekers and psychopaths, but the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam. Muslims can reject Islamic State, but pretending that it is not a religious, millenarian group, with a theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to count it.
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