Islamist Response to Graeme Wood's Article
Some readers may recall my remarks on Graeme Wood's article "What ISIS Really Wants" in The Atlantic. Turns out, I wasn't the only person responding. So did some Islamist supporters of ISIS: "'What ISIS Really Wants': The Response." One ISIS supporter wrote to say:
[The piece] is grounded in realism, and argues that not understanding what is happening is very dangerous, especially if fighting a war, one must fight the war that is real, not the invented one that one wishes to fight. Perhaps ironically, your [writings] . . . are most dangerous to the Muslims (not that it is necessarily meant to be so on your behalf), yet they are celebrated by Muslims who see them as pieces that speak the truth that so many try to deny, but also because [Muslims] know that deep down the idealists of the world will still ignore them.This Muslim supporter of ISIS doesn't worry over the fact that Mr. Wood is correctly explaining why the Islamic State is "very Islamic." The supporter admits that the infidels could plan for the future based on the ISIS group's ideologically based prophecies and thereby fight against ISIS more effectively. But he doesn't worry because he thinks that the infidel leaders will ignore what Mr Wood says.
What stands out to me that others don't seem to discuss much, is how the Islamic State, Osama [bin Laden] and others are operating as if they are reading from a script that was written 1,400 years ago. They not only follow these prophecies, but plan ahead based upon them. One would therefore assume that the enemies of Islam would note this and prepare adequately, but [it's] almost as if they feel that playing along would mean that they believe in the prophecies too, and so they ignore them and go about things their own way. . . . [The] enemies of the Muslims may be aware of what the Muslims are planning, but it won't benefit them at all as they prefer to either keep their heads in the sand, or to fight their imaginary war based upon rational freedom-loving democrats vs. irrational evil terrorist madmen. With this in mind, maybe you can understand to some degree one of the reasons why many Muslims will share your piece. It's not because we don't understand what it is saying in terms of how to defeat the Muslims, rather it's because we know that those in charge will ignore it and screw things up anyway.
We'll see about that. New leaders can arise.