A new radical Islamic state?

Steven LeBlanc

06 13 2014

Unfolding right in front of our eyes is the establishment of a violent radical Islamic state carved out of northern sections of BOTH Syria and Iraq (see map in red). This is an extreme Sunni group—Iraq is predominately Shiite. Surrounding nations– especially those that are or have been aligned with The West– Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel and Turkey—are feeling increasingly threatened, why, because ISIL, or sometimes called ISIS, is very radical and extreme.

ISIL has thrived amid the alienation of Iraq’s Sunni communities from the Shia-dominated Maliki government. For months, even before the takeover of Mosul and other towns and cities, Baghdad had lost control of Anbar province and faced widespread Sunni anger with Maliki’s rule.

The group calling themselves the Iraq/Syria Islamic state (ISIS or ISIL) is an extreme Sunni group of insurgents—even more aggressive than Al Qaeda. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said June 12th that his country will not tolerate the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and “will fight and combat violence, extremism and terrorism in the region and the world.” Iran is strongly supportive of Iraq’s Shiite majority, and plays a key role in Iraq’s government (though behind the scenes).

The continued violence in Iraq will dampen the appetite of Western oil companies to invest in new production infrastructure in Iraq.

The oil concern is that they (ISIL) will disrupt Iraq’s oil production. The vast majority of Iraq’s 3.5 million barrels a day oil production lies in the South, amid the extreme Shiite majority. The risk of threatened new production growth in Iraq is a vital threat to global oil prices. Remember Iraq is one of the world’s biggest oil producers. That nation is deteriorating very quickly.

I continually refer to this passage in the Bible—Because it describes so well the conflicts that erupt in the Middle East (the Middle East is becoming even more unstable):
The way of Islam is one of hostility, anger and war…the prophecy of Genesis 16 continues to play out: “You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard your misery, He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers”—verses 11-12.

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