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ISIS or ISIL
What is the difference and why does Obama now use ISIL instead of ISIS
ISIS is the term the terrorists originally used to describe the area in Syria and Iraq that they have taken over by force, they have now also adopted the name Islamic State to use in referring to their newly conquered land. Those two terms were universally used around the world and by Obama himself until he changed and started referring to them as ISIL. Who you may wonder is it of any real importance what they are called? After reading this explanation you may change your mind. ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria where as ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The key difference between the two is the substitution of the word Syria with the word Levant and why this change is so important. A study of the word Levant and its meaning to Muslims will help clear up any confusion.
Levant is a word to describe a land bridge between the countries of Turkey and Egypt as shown in the map below.
It includes part of Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and ISRAEL and is part of the larger and more ancient Fertile Cresent. Modern Islamists wish to restore this ancient land bridge with one important caveat; Israel is not part of it. By using the work Levant instead of Syria, Obama is sending a signal to all Muslims that he doesn’t think Israel has a legitimate claim to the land. It is a subtle inference that most non Muslims simply overlook but Muslims worldwide recognize this subtlety or nuance as Obama’s and therefore Americas belief that Israel does not have the legitimate right to the land they now occupy. Recent events between Israel and Palestine especially in reference to Hamas have shown that Obama has favored both the Palestinians and Hamas over Israel. Obama has also been a big supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood with 6 of his appointees being tied to the Muslim Brotherhood,
Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser.
Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser, founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director.
Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar, Islamic Society of North America.
Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
Obama also supported the ouster of Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak who had a Treaty Agreement with Israel and replacing him with Mohamed Morsi who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He also supported the ouster of Libya’s Muammar Gadffi who was hostile to the Muslim Brotherhood. It can clearly be seen that two items are important to Obama and those are his support for the Muslim Brotherhood and his hatred of Israel.
Obama’s new usage of ISIL has serious connotations for the Muslims of the world and is a veiled signal to them that he is sympathetic to their cause. You may disagree with these observations but the facts are clear if you look for them. With the open threats against America by ISIS and the sadistic beheading of (2) American journalists it is also clear that ISIS must be totally destroyed but where is the Commander in Chief. He has stated he has no Strategy when it comes to attacking ISIS’s base of operations in Syria and has only allowed air strikes against ISIS because of intense political pressure from both the republicans and the democrats. Democrats seem to support a stronger response mainly because of the upcoming November midterm elections.
With the anniversary of 9-11-01 rapidly approaching and ISIS being allowed to run rampant throughout both Syria and Iraq coupled with the southern border debacle America has entered into a very dangerous time. Will Obama’s open support of the Muslim Brotherhood and inaction concerning ISIS and our southern border controversy allow for a terrorist attack to take place on the 9-11-01 anniversary is an open question at this point but we will all know that answer soon. Is the use of ISIL instead of ISIS a signal to the terrorists or is it just a harmless change of terminology, you be the judge.
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