News and Analysis (11/16/15)

“ISIS isn’t just at war with much of the world, or, especially, the Muslim world. The Islamic State is at war with how Muslims understand Islam” …

… “Islam’s position is very clear … [against] the killing of innocent people, … these acts do not respect war as it is decreed in the Muslim tradition and … these suicide bombers are convinced they’re going to heaven when they actually risk finding themselves in hell” …

… “Muslims have used social media to demonstrate that they want no part in the extremism and violence that terrorists commit in the name of Islam. The hashtags #NotInMyName and #IAmAMuslim are being used to say that extremists will not be tolerated ‘” …

… “This savagery is no more Muslim than the Ku Klux Klan represents Christianity. The Islam we know emphasizes that the taking of one innocent life is as if one killed all of humanity and …not to hate one another. It also clearly dictates that there is no compulsion in religion” …

Was the coordinator of the Paris murders a Belgian national?

The author of a viral post “liked more than 15,000 times, ended his account by saying he did not want it to be ‘some kind of statement. I just want to tell you about my brief random conversation with a sad Muslim Sydney Uber driver, whose religion is being taken from him”:

ISIS subscribes to the view that music is prohibited in Islam, so imagine how angry they will be when they see these imams singing “To arms citizens! Form you battalions! March, march, let impure blood waters our furrows”:

Remember Freedom Fries? “The U.S. should treat France as France treated the U.S. 14 years ago—by helping the other wage prudent fights and warning its leaders against the rash decisions that trauma can lead to”:

Amir and Nehal Elmasri said when they returned home to their gated community from feeding the homeless Sunday morning, they noticed a bullet hole in their garage door. The family said that the bullet went through their garage and into their master bedroom”:

“There is still no sign of agreement, however, on the key question of the future of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad”:

Egypt’s civil aviation minister says … that a copy of the recording needs to be analyzed with technology ‘unavailable in most countries….’  He didn’t identify the country”:

 

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