“So we preach, but those who don’t follow the preaching will be forced to obey.”
On August 14th 2014, Vice News US released an eye-opening, 5-Part documentary series on the Islamic Caliphate. For those who already have seen it, scroll down the article and/or watch the Doc. again for a good reminder. Have a look this grooming TRAILER – Children for Jihad. The Islamic State: a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced its intention to reestablish the caliphate and has declared its leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph. IS spokesperson: “I say America, and to the Arab regimes who support America, that the Islamic Caliphate has been established, and God willing, it will not stop, until we raise the flag of prophet Mohammed in the white house.” Delve into this brilliantly made, investigative piece of journalism, with VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh, whom spend three weeks embedded with the IS, and gained unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria as the first and only journalist to document its inner workings. And understand why Europe, is currently at war…. ——The Islamic State (Full Length Documentary) ——- All VICE related content to this topic here. Also wanted to share the words of Belgium born, investigative journalist, jurist and activist for Amnesty International: Pieter Stockmans (Knack) (Bio). Stockmans spent the last 8 years, travelling through Palestine and Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia. And Stockmans was also embedded with the IS for 1 week in Jordan. This in the spring of 2014. Stockmans had a powerful message for Europe (Translated them into English), at yesterday evening’s daily Dutch TV show, DWDD (DUTCH ONLY – VIDEO) "The situation in Syria is a true mess. Dictator Bashar al-Assad has been responsible for more then 200.000 deaths and 10 million refugees. The West did not respond, therefore the jihadists started to provoke us with the decapitation of Western Journalists.” And"The attacks in Paris where not initially, in the first place, an act of war on the freedom of speech in Europe, but they choose Charlie Hebdo as a powerful symbol in Europe, this being western’s standards of freedom of speech. Knowing that they would put Europe in a collective trauma, what currently is happening in a very successful way. We will see a rise of hatred against the moslim community, as well a rise of extreme right politics in Europe. That’s exactly what the jihadists want in regards to recruitment. Keep in mind the jihadists are not crying in a corner right now, on the fact that Europe is raising their pen against the jihadists kalesnikoff’s, and say the pen is mightier then the sword. They are achieving all what they had planned. Keep in mind, the "The war on Terror”, has been going on for 13 years now, and the Moslim community has been bombarded with negative images on all news outlets. The West, Europe, is looked upon by the jihadists, as a partner in this War. Also the IS in Jordan is simply recruiting for the IS for Syria, keep in mind, the IS is not at war in Jordan, It’s all happening in Syria. A solution was asked as well to Stockmans. Can we a create a change in Europe at the moment? Stockmans: “I see a trend in the European governments with certain 12 rule engagements. The problem here is that these engagements are only repressive acts and symptom controlling engagements. We need to solve the problem with of course protecting the Europeans at first yes, but I would like to see a better 12 rule engagement plan, one that are focuses on the core, the root of the problem. Some of them being: 1.) focus on the Syrian civil war, solve it. 2.) start a dialogue with the nations that are currently supporting Bashar al-Assad in Syria, which are Iran and Russia. 3.) Change the ghetto forming of the moslim community in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Make everyone in the society feel welcome and offer them a real place in society. Maybe, one of the most important things that we really need to focus on is: Education, this if we really want to change the pattern of further radicalisation (Paris attacks where Paris natives) of the european moslim youth. The Wars on Iraq, Gaza, Syria have been going on for quite some time now. European schools and it’s teachers need to have a dialogue with the moslim youth in the class rooms. Create special history classes on the topic, create a dialogue with them. Because these wars have a huge impact on the European moslim youth.” Thank you Pieter Stockmans. The most clear answer, and explanation I have read in the last week’s media. Stockmans is also co-founder of the project: “Between Freedom and Happiness.” Follow him here on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Youtube. Photo Credit: VICE News. Over-and-out.