Extra Credit – Evolution of ISIS
The lecture that I am reporting on is the "Evolution of ISIS: The Islamic State, 2007-2014” given by Dodge Billingsley. In this lecture he explains how the group ISIS, formerly al-Qaida, has grown since 2007 and is now one of the most dangerous and controlling group in the world. They go from al-Qaida to ISIS in 2013 because they have expanded the fight. It is not just the state anymore. He explains how the fathers of Jihadist thought have to deal with and manage the new jihadist because they have become so much more violent than they were before. Even in 2007 they were violent, and it has just continued to get worse since then.
Though very violent they have been very successful in taking over large portions of Iraq. This growth of ISIS is causing huge splits between countries and people and it is not good. Many people and groups are afraid to stand up to ISIS because they are so dedicated to their fights and are not afraid to use violence against anyone or anything. This violent approach makes it so that they get what they want. This group is overtaking so many areas in the Middle East and their goal is to have the Middle East entirely “under the veil” of their rule.
ISIS is trying to spread their government and religion throughout the Middle East and will do just about anything to get there. They have already gained much land and imposed their beliefs and government on the people they overtake, even if those people do not agree with the rules and beliefs. There are many who do not agree with the beliefs of the ISIS group yet they are being forced to believe what they are told to believe and are made to follow rules that they do not support. In a way the oppressed people of the territories overtaken by ISIS are losing their selves and their tradition just was the Chinese did in the 1800s.
The imposition and invasion of ISIS in other Middle Eastern countries reminds me a lot of the spread of western culture and belief in...