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Before ISIS started killing and claiming Arab territory, its philosophy was outlined by Sayyid Qutb, the leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. He was executed in 1966 for his part in a plot against President Nasser.

It was the same philosophy that inspired Osama bib Laden, who was killed May 2, 1011.

FinishMark Bowden wrote THE FINISH The Killing of Osama bin Laden in 2012.

ISIS came to world-wide attention in the summer of 2014.

If you can grab a copy of this book, it is worth your effort if only to read the philosophy that drove Qutb and bib Laden as outlined on page 32.

It is an exact blueprint for what is driving ISIS in 2014.

“The Koran (Qutb) argued, was the one true path.  All the wisdom mankind needed was in that book, which he spent a lifetime interpreting and explaining to suit his own vision.  Muslims held the truth, the only truth, and had a duty to confront unbelievers, violently if necessary.  Regimes and states that stood in the way of religious rule were jahiliyya – ignorant pre-Islamic societies – and as such were legitimate targets for violenceThe forces of God must combat the forces of Satan, beginning with the secular regimes of modern Arab states.  Qutb urged the faithful to carve out one county in which to base a pure society founded on shariah, Islamist law, a foothold for the faithful in a fallen world, and from that base radiate righteousness outward, by the sword if necessaryThe new caliphate thus created would bend all of civilization to God’s will.” (p. 32)

“. . . create freedom of choice by abolishing everything that disagreed with it.” (pp.33-4)

The book goes in to minute detail from both sides of the raid to explain not only WHAT was happening, but WHY.  Not just another retelling of the raid – it does that – THE FINISH puts the whole thing in perspective.

If nothing else, read page 32.

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