News and Analysis (11/18/15)

Juan Cole takes exception to persistent comments about IS that are “exaggerated or just incorrect” about its place in Islamic history, the piety of its membership, its numbers, its influence, and how to fight it:

“[T]he West’s veneer of civilization has been peeled away, leaving in its place, a renewed commitment to barbarity and retribution against the monsters known as ISIS … [yet] incidents of terrorism have increased by 6,500% since the “War on Terror” began in 2001″:

“Many of the benefits from keeping Terrorism fear levels high are obvious. Private corporations suck up massive amounts of Homeland Security cash …, while government officials … can claim unlimited powers, and operate with unlimited secrecy and no accountability“:

Zaman publishes results of a research study proving that “the sarin used in the 21 August attack and analysis demonstrated that the gas used didn’t match the batches known to exist in the Syrian army’s chemical weapons arsenal”:

“Muslim victims of the indiscriminate multiple attacks were all in the prime of their lives. They included a violinist, an architect, a receptionist and a shop assistant”:

“We have to reinforce our borders while remaining true to our values”:






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