Islamic State terrorists are on the move this month. They’ve made three recent bombings in Saudi Arabia, and today their bombing of a mosque in Iraq shows us they hate freedom. Specifically, they hate the freedom to worship any way other than their own. Here’s how we know this.
Iraqi Shiite Muslims pray on the first day of Eid al-Fitr prayers in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July. 6, 2016. Muslims worldwide are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim
First, the attacks in Saudi Arabia on July 4 had a clear dual meaning. Islamic State terrorists bombed a Shia mosque in Qatif, the United States consulate in Jeddah, and most importantly the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. Each of these attacks has meaning.
First, an attack on a US site on July 4 is the clearest statement you can make against the principles of freedom written into our Declaration of Independence. But they specifically did this as part of a series of attacks in Saudi Arabia.
Second, the attack on a minority Shia mosque, just like today’s attack on a Shia shrine in Balad, Iraq, attempts to intimidate the Shiites. Their form of Islamic worship is deemed unacceptable. The Islamic State is a Wahhabi movement, which sees itself as the true descendants of Sunni Islam, and identifies with the Salafi movement. Shia rule is unacceptable to them, so they strike.
Third, the attack on the Prophet’s Shrine in Medina, as one of three attacks in Saudi Arabia on the same day, was a message to the government of Saudi Arabia itself. You see, to the Wahhabis of the Islamic State, The House of Saud is a bunch of illegitimate oil barons who have no business being the guardians of Mecca and Medina. By bombing the place where Mohammed was buried, they seek to show that Saudi Arabia has weak governance, and to convert Islamists over to support the Caliph of the Islamic State.
This might confuse people. We’re used to hearing about how Saudi Arabia-based madrassas have been run by Wahhabis and have spread support for Islamic terror around the world. But this just shows how the Islamic State is an ideological movement, with as much intolerance for dissent as any Communist movement. They hate the tiny deviations from their ideology even more than they hate the large ones. They’d probably rather tear down Saudi Arabia before Iran or the United States. The ideologically similar enemy is the greatest enemy.
The terrorists hate self-governance and freedom of religion, so they bomb us. They hate Shia self-governance, so they bomb the Shiites. They hate any Sunni government that tolerates anything but themselves, so they bomb sites in and guarded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The terrorists hate the freedom to live and worship any way but their own.