Muslim clergy — damn the IS with fatwas!

As mentioned in my “Deflecting the hot wind” post, the Islamic State (or Islamic State of Syria and Iraq) seeks to quell opposition to what it considers its uninterruptible march towards a “caliphate” by inducing sheer dread and fear by publicly disseminating through mobile phone videos of its grisly and barbarous actions. Just happened to see one such gory, stomach-churning, incident on a cell phone. It showed an Iraqi youngster disabled by a shot to his legs lying looking up at his tormentors with eyes wide open and filled with terror. And the next moment, a man with a knife puts it to the prone man’s windpipe and begins sawing away at it even as the man’s alive. The blood gushes out in a torrent, and the eyes finally dim in a slow fearfully painful death. Not satisfied this killer with others now aiding him tries to cut through the spinal cord and wrench the wretched man’s head from the body and twist it around 360 degrees and the cord still holds. It is mesmeric stuff so devastating as to dull the senses. All the while the air is rent with cries emanating from the torturers — “Allahu Akbar” as if they are engaged in the ritual sacrificing of goat, sheep, or heifer. I have a strong stomach, but this was something else, felt as I have never experienced before, the pangs of a dry retch.

There cannot be any possibility of “talking sense” or dialogueing and negotiating with such murderous riffraff. The only language they apparently understand is the way of swift dispatch. God forbid, if any Indian Muslims partake of such actions or try and import these harsh methods into South Asia and India. It is time for Indian Muslim clergy — who pronounce fatwas without much provocation to stand up, damn the actions of the IS as un-Islamic and haram, and for organizations such as the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and others of its ilk to forbid Indian Muslims to in any way be associated with this outfit or be drawn towards the IS ideology, and ensure this by their outreach activities. Already an Indian or two have been sighted with these blackly-accoutred yahoos in Iraq. Indian intelligence and police have a bigger prospective internal security problem on their hands than they think.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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4 Responses to Muslim clergy — damn the IS with fatwas!

  1. RV says:

    In this IS sponsored lunacy, India seems to be dropping the ball by not building up a significant military and economic footprint in the Kurdish controlled regions i.e. the Kurdistan Regional Government). The Kurds are moderate, tolerant towards minorities, uphold women’s rights (education, etc…). What has been requested are flights between India and Erbil and Suleimaniah. An important point that also needs to be noted is that the Perhmerga are possibly some of the (if not the) best fighters in the entire lunatic asylum that Iraq has become. Despite all the gore, the IS hasn’t been able top dent Kurdish defenses, which says a lot!

    • An important point. India needs to have a separate policy for Kurdistan to follow up on the actions you suggest. The Kurdish part of Iraq is now forever lost to Baghdad; it remains only for the Turkish portion with majority Kurdish population to join up for an independent Kurdistan to emerge. This may not be imminent with Ankara obviously opposing any such bifurcation. In any case, MEA should have a policy on Kurdistan which, as far as I know and unsurprisingly, is absent. Then again, when has our Foreign Office been forward looking?

      • RV says:

        An independent Kurdistan comprising of the regions controlled by the current Kurdish Regional Government bordered by an autonomous/semi-autonomous Kurdish province in Turkey may not be entirely unrealistic in the near future. However, the problem would/could get nasty both on the ground and for India if Kurdish regions in Iran were similarly galvanized.

        The Peshmerga would then rightfully form the national army of what might well be an oasis of sanity and moderation in a desert of lunacy. Such a Kurdish State despite being oil rich would be different from many other oil producing states because of its emphasis on education and moderation. I also gather there are serious moves in building a tourist resort in the vicinity of Suleimaniah.

        I agree with you that India needs a separate Kurdistan policy. The Kurds are in need of certain medicines, trained medical teams, and heavy weaponry with associated training. The latter has been deliberately denied to them in order not to antagonize Turkey, though they still allegedly appear to get some through whatever means. This is where India can help.

        In preparation for the long haul, India can also offer scholarships especially in Engineering and Medicine for Kurdish students. This policy has shown to work in the case of Iran, where Indo-Iranian ties have been further strengthened and many sticky situations solved because many powers-that-be in Iran were educated in India.

        On another related issue, there are possibilities that the IS would launch some sort of offensive or a destabilizing insurgency operations against Jordan. This is when things will really get interesting. I personally doubt whether a frontal IS offensive could stand a chance against combined US air power and the Jordanian army. However, there is very significant Salafist support and presence in Maan and its vicinity, which needs to be carefully monitored. Finally,apart from some deluded Indians (whose number far exceeds 4), the IS appears to be attracting its fair share of Uighur terrorists too.

  2. RV says:

    I cannot fathom why the Indian Parliament deservedly rejected a resolution denouncing Israel, but India voted against Israel in the UN. Was the UN vote a BRICS decision? If so, then its understandable. If not, then was the Indian Parliaments rejection of a motion to censure Israel just an aberration (however welcome), and the UN vote was India returning to its usual Nehruvian stupidity? There is a third possibility. The rejection in the Indian Parliament is what really matters to India, and the UN vote was just a PR appeasement gesture. Your comments please Mr. Karnad.

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