Daesh, Explained.

Daesh has taken the world by storm. It is an extremist group of terrorists currently operating in the Middle East, and no one in the region is safe from their onslaught on innocent Muslims, Christians, and Jews. No, seriously, they’re killing everyone in sight, so much so that al-Qaeda, the very terrorist organization that is the sworn enemy of the Western World and orchestrators of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, has actually deemed them too extreme, going as far as to delcare war on them! This is serious business, my friends.

I don’t claim to know everything about this conflict (in all honesty, there’s so much information out there that no one truly knows), but I’ll do my best to bring everyone up to speed. This, along with many Middle East-related matters, is a very complicated issue, but Iraq and Syria appear to be ground zero for this current conflict. So who is Daesh, anyways? Let’s find out about it, courtesy of our friends over at Kurzgesagt:

Wasn’t that educational? The Guardian goes into further detail regarding this group, and you can access that information here. In the meantime, let’s move on to some other matters. Anyways, you’ll notice that I’ve addressed that band of devils by another name, starting with this post’s title. Many of you know Daesh by its erroneous name (ISIS, ISIL, or IF). It’s not a surprise. But here’s the thing: They shouldn’t be called ISIS, ISIL, or the “Islamic Front.” We need to follow the lead of our French brothers and sisters and address them as “Daesh,” and here’s why, courtesy of The Independent:

Daesh, an adapted acronym of their Arabic name – Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq w Belaad al-Sham – is similar to another Arabic word – das – which means ‘to trample down’ or ‘crush’, which could therefore be the source of their dislike.

The group hates it so much, in fact, that they have reportedly threatened to cut out the tongues of anyone who uses it in public.

Interesting. They must really despise the labeling. Speaking from a personal standpoint, if it offends those demons, that’s all the more reason for us to transition from ISIS/ISIL to Daesh. In addition to this, with the way the slightest mention of the Islamic faith engenders fears of terrorism and evil, the thought of yet another group promulgating violence in the name of Allah and Islam further increases the divide between the Islamic and non-Islamic (read: Western) worlds. That’s the last thing we need.

It also helps that the best way to paralyze the public is by using fear tactics, something enjoyed especially by the Bush Administration after 9/11 and the FOX-owned news network since the emergence of now-President Barack Obama. Just look at the conservative reactions to virtually anything proposed by the Obama Administration, and the results will appear as clear as day. The other night, I came across something fantastic while following HEAT-Thunder game reactions on Twitter.

Thanks to the creativity and quick thinking of Twitter’s @KarlreMarks, below is an amazing explanation of how Daesh came to be, presented in a manner free from the constraints of major mainstream news outlets.

Daesh Explained

A job well done, @KarlreMarks. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that’s been affected by these evil works. Whether you’re in Lebanon, Paris, Nigeria, Turkey, Iraq, or Syria, each and every one of your lives matter equally to me. My prayer for you is that you may find continued peace in the face of these monsters. Someday soon, a new idea will emerge and conquer the twisted theology of these armed thugs, hopefully ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity for the Arab World.

Allâhumma allif bayna qulûbinâ
wa aslih dhâta baynina
wahdinâ subûl as-salâm

wa najjinâ min az-zulumâti ilan-nûri
wa janibnâ al-fawâhisha
mâ zahara minhâ wa mâ batana

wa bârik lanâ fî asmâ`inâ wa absârinâ wa qulûbinâ wa azwâjinâ wa dhurriyâtinâ
wa tub `alaynâ innaka antat-tawwâb ur-rahîm

waj`alnâ shâkirîna li ni`matika
muthnîna bihâ qâbilîhâ
wa atimmahâ `alaynâ

Peace, salaam, and shalom to all of you.


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