Group made enemies of all nations but no friends or allies.
Group viewed every individual, every people, and every country as their most hated enemies. Even people in Iraq and Syria, the two countries of their operation, suffered fom their acts of hatred and brutality.
They brutally killed or punished anyone in Iraq and Syria who did not pledge allegiance to, or join them. People suffered this fate irrespective of their ethnicity or nationality.
Kidnapping, ambushing and armed assault they waged constantly against men, women, children, elderly persons and the military in both countries.
Their admirers and emulators outside of Iraq and Syria, meanwhile, displayed support by replicating their actions wherever and whenever possible.
Group acquired arms and lots of money for a while.
Taking control of some areas in both countries, they confiscated arms from the retreating military in those areas; additionally, they acquired money by selling oil from areas they controlled in Syria.
For the release of certain persons in their captivity, they demanded and often received large ransoms from governments. These ransoms usually amounted to millions of U.S. dollars.
Group finally suffered defeat and no country assisted them.
As they made only enemies of all countries, all countries likewise made only an enemy of them; and this helped sealed their fate as a short lived organization and ensured their recent and complete defeat.
Their victims and the world welcomed their demise. The constant loss of life, and suffering and hopelessness they caused finally came to an end.
The conditions which they imposed on people who lived under their brief and tyrannical rule, reminded me of several values. These values I have always enjoyed and taken for granted.
Group actions make me remember these familiar values:
- No one is an island, whether an individual, a social unit or a nation, so we’re thus interdependent and that
- Peaceful and harmonious coexistence among nations is a universal necessity. This is necessary so that nations can realize economic, social, political and other aspirations.
- Human life has worth and value, and the individual person is born with dignity and freedom; the state should not deny citizens these universal, moral values, also
- Attaining national social, economic and political stability is important in its own right. This is also necessary so that citizens can realize their full potential, and finally
- Love is not a lifeless ornamental concept, it is a living and vital necessity and that we should practice it. We practice it when we selflessly give to, share with, help, and perform other useful deeds for each other.
I hope that those in whom still lives the zeal for creating that empire, resist the temptation to do so. I also hope they do not repeat the actions of these tyrants so that people in both countries can recover. This should allow people there to gradually rebuild their lives and return to normal living once again.
By Edward Fagan