The problem has always been that Islamists believe that the Koran, with all of its violence, intolerance, misogyny, and oppression, is the literal word of Allah. Turkey, while not as fundamentalist as Saudi Arabia, demonstrates this attitude with respect to its new textbook which defines women's "obedience" to men as a form of "worship." But government officials said that is understandable as the book is about Islam and quotes Koranic verses.
"Allah says it, not me. Should I correct him, or what?" rhetorically asked Alpaslan Durmus, who chairs the Board of Education.
Men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse joined Islamic State because of the group's use of slavery and rape.
The Henry Jackson Society reported: "Men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse joined Islamic State because of the organisation's systemic use of rape and slavery as a form of terrorism ... The promotion and sanctioning of sexual violence by the extremist group was a pivotal means of 'attracting, retaining, mobilising and rewarding fighters' as well as punishing kaffir, or disbelievers ... Analysis of [Islamic State] members from Europe and the US found that a cohort had a history of domestic and sexual violence, suggesting a 'relationship between committing terrorist attacks and having a history of physical and/or sexual violence'."
And it's not just men, as British female jihadists were the most brutal. The women who joined the caliphate were not misquided dreamers. They were true believers in the cause.
Sometimes Islamists have been allowed to leave a city alive by their fellow Islamists, ones previously supported by the Obama administration.
Much better was the policy of the U.S. which advised to simply kill all jihadists.
"If the jihadis perish in this fight, I would say that's for the best," said French Defence Minister Florence Parly.
We should slightly paraphrase and take to heart the WWII article of Red Star writer Ilya Ehrenburg, who was born in a non-religious Jewish family, with respect to Islamists:
"Islamists are not human beings. From now on the word Islamist means to use the most terrible oath. From now on the word Islamist strikes us to the quick. We shall not speak any more. We shall not get excited. We shall kill. If you have not killed at least one Islamist a day, you have wasted that day ... If you cannot kill your Islamist with a bullet, kill him with your bayonet. If there is calm on your part of the front, or if you are waiting for the fighting, kill an Islamist in the meantime. If you leave an Islamist alive, he will behead a non-Muslim and rape a Yazidi woman. If you kill one Islamist, kill another -- there is nothing more amusing for us than a heap of Islamist corpses. Do not count days, do not count kilometers. Count only the number of Islamists killed by you. Kill the Islamist -- that is your grandmother's request. Kill the Islamist -- that is your child's prayer. Kill the Islamist -- that is your motherland's loud request. Do not miss. Do not let up. Kill."