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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 4 months ago

    In the 7th century, the Caliphate was the strongest military power on the face of the earth, conquering everything from Iberia to South Asia. (Charles the Great and his Childe Roland claim credit for stopping the Caliphate at the French border, but probably it was General 44th Parallel that stopped the Caliph’s Army, since it’s hard to fast from dawn until sunset when the dawn starts at sunset.)


    Next, the Caliphate built the greatest network of roads in the world, greater than that built by Rome, so that Muslims could make the Hajj. Of course, the roads led to large amounts of international trade within Dar al Islam, leading to great prosperity.


    In the 9th and 10th centuries, the Caliphate had scholars from all over Dar al Islam, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish. Translators who could translate ancient texts into Arabic were paid as well as modern football stars. The Caliphate led the world in science, math, and engineering.


    By the 14th century, travellers could see ruined engineering marvels built at the zenith of the Caliphate that no longer worked, and which no one had any idea how to repair.


    So now the group that calls itself dawla aslamia, DA for short, or IS in English says they must re-capture the glory of the medieval Caliphate, and to do this they must first kill everyone who isn’t from their sect of Islam and make sure that all women are kept veiled, or, better still, locked in their harems and never permitted to leave.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 4 months ago

    Yes, Michael, an excellent historical summary. Next the Crusades, eh, to round out the Middle Eastern picture?

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 4 months ago

    @wmconelly

    The Crusades started in 1099. By 1350, the great achievements of the Caliphate were history.


    Anyway, Bush, jr has already called his punishment of Iraq for sending the Republican Guards to kill Americans on 9/11/‘01 ’Crusades’, until the liberals convinced him to call them something else, anything else, to avoid offending the people the US was subjecting to ‘enhanced interrogation’ and/or killing in just retaliation for what those Iraqi Republican Guards did to the US.


    (And I’ll keep repeating, I just wish Bush, jr had been President in ‘41: he would have known that the best way to avenge Pearl Harbor was to send the US military to punish the right country for that ’day that will live in infamy’: Siam!)

  4. coraryan

    coraryan GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    @Michael wme

    Typical Lib – Blame Bush. Here’s a newsflash – Bush has not been relevant for six years! Get over it.

  5. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, 4 months ago

    It is too bad that President Obama did not negotiate with Iraq to maintain a force to assist in the stability of Iraq, and did not maintain President Bush’s attention to the development of democratic institutions in the country. Had he done so ISIS might have been stopped back when President Obama dismissed them as the “JV team.”

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 4 months ago

    @TripleAxel

    I have to disagree. We were attempting to train their army and police since 2003. Remember the “We will stand down when they can stand up”?

    (Read “Imperial Life in the Emerald City” by Chandrassakian, which documents the first year of the botched occupation, and see if you can type “…Bush’s attention to the development of democratic institutions in the country” without either cringing, laughing, or crying.)

    Well, they never wanted to stand up. We gave them our knowledge, our weapons, our understanding of tactics. And then we left, just like we said we would.

    And they took off their uniforms, handed ISIS OUR weapons, and ran away.

    As we should have learned in Viet Nam, people will not defend themselves unless they have a reason. Perhaps we should just accept the fact that the Iraqis don’t want to become the country we want them to be.

    The only way to keep “calm” in that region would be for us to maintain an entire branch of our own armed forces to do their work for them. Forever. Are you willing to provide them with an unlimited army on your dime?

    I, for one, am not.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    ^It’s possible the simple act (or simpleton acts) of the Cheney/Bremer policies screwed up Iraq for the next decade, or generation, or two.

  8. piobaire

    piobaire said, 4 months ago

    In thinking of the history of the Caliphate, one should remember the Black Plague. Occurring in the middle of the 14th century, various scholars have put the death toll at as much as 50% of the population. The loss of skills, knowledge, social cohesion, as well as the trade and economic losses, must have been devastating. Imagine our civilization undergoing such a catastrophe. It beggars the imagination.

  9. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, 4 months ago

    @dtroutma

    So you’re admitting that little o, the god you seem to worship, is incapable of fixing something that his predecessor started, even when he’s had almost 6 years? Maybe you need to find a better hero.

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