Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Isis

Caliphate

I don’t think anyone is satisfied with President Obama’s recent Oval Office lecture. Both Democrats and Republicans are railing our Commander in Chief, mostly for what he didn’t say. After sufficient coaxing, some have asked what I wish he’d said. Here’s what I tell them.

I wish President Obama would have acknowledged that the world is at war with a newly energized sect of radical Muslims bent on creating a worldwide Caliphate. We’re not at war with Muslims in general or any particular Muslim country. In fact, our allies in this war include those Muslims who are not part of… Continue reading

Knowing The Enemy: Jihadist Ideology

The college blog, Campus Reform, recently posted several video interviews of Harvard students. Students were asked, “What is a greater threat to world peace, ISIS or America?” Several of the students answered, “America.” The emotions I felt when seeing and hearing this were shock, heartbreak, rage, bewilderment, and sorrow. How could students bright enough to attend one of the world’s most esteemed universities believe that America is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS? Did ISIS send aid to Haiti? Is ISIS assisting with the EBOLA crisis in Africa? How many oil wells in the middle east has ISIS… Continue reading

Al Qaeda & Isis; What’s the difference?

A frequently asked question is what’s the difference between Al Qaeda and Isis, and that question is quickly followed with why does it matter.

Most westerners don’t understand theocracy; a government in which there is no separation between church and state. Most Moslem countries are not simply countries in which the citizens are mostly Moslem, they’re countries in which the laws and culture are dictated by the Moslem religion.

Al Qaeda essentially wants the government of the respective Moslem countries to adhere to a set of religious rules that are very restrictive for Moslems and often times deadly for those… Continue reading

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