Week 27: Villain – Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

by George_East on July 6, 2014

This Week’s Villain of the Week is the self-proclaimed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

villain_2_iconNow the ISIS would probably not even have existed if it hadn’t been for the reckless Middle Eastern adventurism of Messrs Bush and Blair a decade ago. And if the ISIS hadn’t existed, the chances are we would not have heard of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Unfortunately though the foreseeable consequences of the Iraq war are continuing to reverberate and the world is faced with the most extreme form of Sunni Islamism since the Taliban ran Afghanistan.   In many ways the ISIS are more worrying than the Taliban and al-Baghdadi is scarier, as there is every prospect that they could take control of parts of the oil rich middle east, upon which the rest of the world is so dependent.

This week Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi emerged from the shadows in Mosul to declare that all Muslims must obey him as he is the new Caliph who presides over them.    He claimed that he was a direct descendent of Mohammed and that as Caliph Ibrahim he will restore the might of the Islamic empire of the middle ages.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is that scariest of things – a man who appears to truly believe the religious bullshit he spouts.

Of course when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaks of Muslims he means the right kind of Muslims.  Both Shias and the wrong kind of Sunnis are infidels punishable by death.  There are horrific stories of crucifixions taking place in Syria of the wrong kind of Muslims at the hands of ISIS.

We have seen television pictures of mosques professing the wrong kind of Islam being destroyed, scenes reminiscent of the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

The corrupt Iraqi government appears to be clueless in the face of the threat from SIS, which draws to it more and more support from an alienated Sunni population that has been deliberately marginalised by Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki.   As each day goes by the importance to the west of that central country of the axis evil, Iran, as a potential ally of the west increases.    Oh the ironies.

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