Why are we really against IS?

This question may seem to be ridiculous. Every single news we read about so called Islamic State brings us the explanation. But does it really?

In my searching for the answer I asked myself ‘Why do they scare me?’ Brutality, killing innocent people and forcing whole communities to flee their homelands is undeniable frightening. But unfortunately not only IS commits this kind of crimes. Whether it is imprisoning people without a trial in Guantanamo, torturing convicts in Iraqi prisons, killing whole villages in Afghanistan or even conspiring terrorist attacks to justify future wars, it does not push us to absolute rejection of some organisations or countries. Moreover when it comes to world superpowers we seem to be more tolerant to any kind of atrocities committed by them. The question is ‘why?’.

I dare to think that this is because behind all of them stand just politicians, with their good or bad intentions. It’s just simply dirty game we cannot escape from, something we know from the beginning of the human civilisation, and we will have to accept until its end. But when it comes to IS things look quite different. None of Daish leaders is skilled politick. They are religious fanatics, who believe to have a monopoly on virtue. Moreover their literal interpretation of Koran makes them justify any kind of crime in the name of the greater good. And unfortunately this is what we already know too well. The last century experience taught us that political systems based on sick ideology can only lead to disaster. Misinterpretation of Nietzsche and Marx philosophies alongside with imperialistic ambitions of Hitler and Stalin left millions of victims, poverty and years of terror and constant invigilation on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain. All that to make a dream come true. The dream to achieve ‘the greater good’. Alike Nazism and communism, IS is an attempt to create an utopian world – ‘perfect’ place where everybody obey the same rules, everybody fits in. Something absolutely impossible.

And this is what really scares me.

“Genocide is not just a murderous madness; it is, more deeply, a politics that promises a utopia beyond politics – one people, one land, one truth, the end of difference. Since genocide is a form of political utopia, it remains an enduring temptation in any multiethnic and multicultural society in crisis.”

Michael Ignatieff


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