Sunday witnessed two massive bombings in Baghdad, with a death toll currently at 213 victims.
Just last Friday the world was reeling from a violent attack in Bangladesh when gunmen seized a popular restaurant filled with Westerners and were executing hostages when the police had to storm in to save the survivors.
Istanbul was hit last Tuesday with a terror attack at their airport that left 44 dead so far.
This has been a bad week - up to now - for violence and death and sorrow.
There are two things tying all of these attacks together:
- Almost all of these strikes are linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (also known as ISIL or ISIS or Daesh, but I prefer to call them Angry Assholes).
- Every one of these attacks happened in Muslim nations.
There are reasons for this.
The current war in Iraq/Syria over Daesh-held territories is going pretty poorly for them: they've lost major cities and are getting hammered on all sides. Daesh's survival is now keyed on spreading themselves to under unstable regions such as Libya and Africa, and also Yemen. They're basically down to relying on stirring fear and destruction in the civilian areas of nations they're fighting.
The other reason these attacks are happening in Muslim nations is because these violent jokers aren't really Muslim.
Like all violent jokers, the Daesh assholes simply employ whatever story they want to fulfill their self-serving needs. They may claim some pure Utopian ideal of an Islamic caliphate, but what they really want is to be gods-on-Earth able to dish out pain and sorrow to anyone they don't like. The worst form of bullies, with religion their excuse and other people's blood their currency.
So for all their anger and outrage aimed at Western nations that dominate the globe, these terrorists are just as angry and violent towards every Muslim they view as "unworthy" or "not of the TRUE Faith". They'll be just as happy shooting and bombing other Muslims who make the mistake of acting tolerant and open-minded of other faiths (which the Quran allows), because those Muslims deny these terrorists any claim of a unified cause for violence and hate.
There are a billion Muslims in the world. Not all of them are violent or want to be. We need to recognize that here in the United States, that the peaceful Muslims that are in the majority across the globe are at risk as much as we are.