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What’s a caliphate? News puts
focus on ancient form of government

McClatchy Newspapers, by Lindsay Wise

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/5/2014 5:20:05 AM

WASHINGTON — When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday that it was changing its name and reviving the caliphate, the news lit up the Internet and headlined news reports around the world. But what is a caliphate? And what is the self-described Islamic State hoping to achieve with its declaration? The answers, experts say, have more to do with the Sunni militant group’s rivalry with al Qaida than with any plan to replicate the last caliphate, which was abolished in 1924 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Understanding the history of the caliphate and its powerful symbolism is key

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: msts, 7/5/2014 6:49:39 AM     (No. 9911628)

"...Experts say...".
Minimizing the caliphate as some archaic entity and giving it meaning only in a context of Shiite/Sunni rivalry is more than ignorance. Its a lie.
The restoration of the caliphate is part of the Korans directive of one religion, one the planet. All will be subject to Sharia Law and either muslim or slave.
This nonsense is like saying that the SS/SA internal fight within the Nazi party wouldn´t affect the world. Its what comes next that is the problem once the internal bugs are worked out.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: uno, 7/5/2014 8:21:36 AM     (No. 9911711)

What’s a caliphate?
In a word: Islamofascism

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 7/5/2014 8:51:53 AM     (No. 9911735)

Another "Relax and look at some photos of the Kardashians" article from the MSM.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: seal010101, 7/5/2014 8:55:54 AM     (No. 9911740)

Is this the first, "it´s not so bad" article?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jglas, 7/5/2014 10:07:15 AM     (No. 9911794)

Now provide a map that shows the extent of Islamism (literally all around the world) and the number of people who subscribe to the law laid down by the Koran (billions) and add a little of the history of Islamic aggression and conquests and spice it up with the current conflicts (the majority of the fighting currently occurring all around the world) and you might begin to get a sense of the threat Islam poses to the non-Islamic world. It isn´t just an itty bitty brown stain somewhere in Iraq.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 7/5/2014 11:49:17 AM     (No. 9911923)

If they want to call their dirtbag empire a Caliphate, so what? It´s not secure. A Sunni on Sunni civil war will only benefit the Shias who want to kill them all anyway. They won´t control the oil market, and the only refinery in their area won´t produce anything but corrosive diesel oil, and they lack the expertise to get it to produce anything else. The killing will go on, and their gains are as ephemeral as the shifting sands of Araby. Let them continue to kill each other. That, as Martha Stewart would say, "is a good thing."

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harper, 7/5/2014 2:57:36 PM     (No. 9912088)

"Arab spring" to Whacko Caliphate. Look what The Sorcerer´s Apprentice has created in just a few short years.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Penney, 7/5/2014 3:09:35 PM     (No. 9912095)

McClatchy?! ...Consider the source.

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