Friday, June 23, 2017

DA'ESH destroy historic Mosque

The self-proclaimed "Islamic State" caliphate or DA'ESH (the Arabic abbreviation for their name, which I prefer to use because they don't like it) has destroyed the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, a building of great historic and religious significance to Muslims in Iraq.

DA'ESH were about to lose control of the mosque as the Iraqi army is in the final stages of retaking Mosul which will mean that virtually all the territory which the self-styled Caliphate held in Iraq has been liberated from this gang of murderers, rapists, and slavers.

So they blew it up instead, and claimed that it had been destroyed in a US bombing raid. But the Iraqi armed forces were observing the mosque at the time of it's destruction and have released a video which makes pretty clear that the explosives which destroyed the al-Nuri Mosque were placed on the ground and not an air strike.

This death cult claims to be acting on behalf of Islam. Perhaps they even believe it. But their actions are a cruel perversion of a religion whose name means "Peace" and which describe their God as "The Compassionate, the Merciful."

And blowing up the holy places of a religion is a strange way to serve that religion. Almost as strange as believing that you can convince people that a religion is holy by beheading or blowing up anyone who doesn't follow it in precisely the way you favour, from aid workers who were murdered for risking their lives to help sick children to innocent girls at a rock concert.

When DA'ESH lose the last of their territory - which will happen soon, very possibly before the end of this year - they will no longer be able to claim to be a caliphate. Sadly the evil which is Jihadist extremist will probably mutate into another form and we will still need to protect ourselves against it. But at least one particularly sick chapter in the history of man's inhumanity to man will have closed.

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