After the death of Osama Bin Laden, May 2011, there was an apprehensive sigh of relief in the U.S. The Beast from the Middle East, was no longer a threat. What didn’t go away as a threat was the stigma of Islam being synonymous with terrorism.
Islam is a scapegoat for the military industry. The military and arms industry is a huge business, that needs a viable product or threat at all times.
ISIS, though infamous, is a prominent part of the culture of war who identifies itself with an Islamic flag. ISIS, not only deals in death and instruments of death, but trades in U.S. dollars and Mideast oil. In fact, many ISIS members are paid more money than engineers in their native countries, like Syria.
According to Business Insider, ISIS members receive additional incentives to fight for the group. “I rented a house, which was paid for by ISIS,” Abu Khaled, who worked for ISIS’s internal-security forces and “provided training for foreign operatives,” remarked. “It cost $50 per month. They paid for the house, the electricity. Plus, I was married, so I got an additional $50 per month for my wife. If you have kids, you get $35 for each. If you have parents, they pay $50 for each parent.” There can be as much as $700 (U.S dollars) a month for members. The exchange value in Syrian Pounds of $700 equals $154,966.00. ISIS has the capacity to exchange dollars to other currencies, yes, an ISIS bank.
Historically, there have been disagreements on religion since belief began. At the point disagreements escalate to fighting and war, professional soldiers emerge. Their principle belief is monetary compensation.
Weapon manufacturers and brokers promote division and fear for profit. ISIS, like Al Qaeda, Taliban, KKK, or whoever, strive for power and money first, belief second. The same as a mission statement of a corporation, sort of a directive for the objective, (profit and power).
Many companies fly flags or logos above their businesses to identify who they are. ISIS, flies the Islamic flag that showcase Islam as their ideology, but teaching the importance of their belief seems a distant second to killing and violence.
Americans sometimes, unknowingly fall victim to the propaganda of ‘my religion is better than yours.’ All Muslims as being evil because of Islam is baseless. Were Irish Protestants evil because of the terrorist acts of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)? This was an incredibly bloody divisional religious battle between Protestants and Catholics during the latter 20th Century.
Bloody Friday is the name given to the bombings by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast on July 21, 1972. Twenty bombs exploded in the space of eighty minutes, killing nine people (including two British soldiers) and injuring 130. The majority of these were car bombs, driven to their detonation sites that same day.
Most of those killed in the religious battles were civilian, over 2,000 in total. Of those the majority, some 1270, were Catholic. Almost 730 Protestant civilians died.
There was no phobia towards Protestants for the acts of the fighters that spanned through 1980s, 1990s and beyond, but arms sales were increased substantially.
ISIS has a religious agenda, ideologically, but fighters are well paid. Many of these members are not looking for just heavenly blessings, they are receiving U.S.dollars and lots of it