By now, we have heard almost all the political pundits and politicians recite the standard canon to the effect of “I will be tough on ISIS,” “destroy ISIS” or “defeat ISIS.” While this is the right approach, it is not complete. ISIS is one evil branch of a very evil ideology. This ideology is Political Islam, known as Islamism. Experts like Frank Gaffney, Andrew McCarthy and Robert Spencer have talked much about the threat of Sharia and its adherents. Unfortunately, the presidential front-runners are too often preoccupied with the symptom rather than the cause.
The root cause of ISIS,Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Hizballah and Hamas amongst many other groups is a desire to kill infidels and conquer in the name of Islam. With the notable exceptions of Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and to an extent Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, this ideology has not been given the attention it deserves.
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