Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reflection 4: Dr. Boukhras's lecture

Dr. Boukhars’s lecture was very informative about the fact that Isis has been around longer than I would’ve imagined. Isis began in Iraq in 2003, just a few years after the rise of Al Qaeda, and since then has become a bigger threat and more aggressive. During the 9/11 attacks, the news and the people were mainly focuses on Al Qaeda and their movements, or at least that is the group the media chose to tell us about. We mainly started to hear about Isis after Osama bin Laden was taken out by Seal Team 6, and the comeback of Isis was “paved by its enemies”. What Dr. Boukhars meant when he said that, is that Iran’s support of Shiites has sent radical troops to Isis and has increased sectarianism. Basically it creates a division. Another involvement that created even more tension is that of the United States; under the Bush administration, which was very hands on and proactive, and the Obama administration, which has been laissez-fair, the tension has only grown and further led to Isis and their terror. One key phrase I picked out of Dr. Boukhars lecture is that Isis fills a void. We actually just recently talked about this in one of my classes, one key aspect that leads people to become radicals, or criminals in my other class, is that there is a part of their life that never got fulfilled. Therefore they attempt to fill this part of their life with someone, or something else, just to feel as though they have a sense of belonging. The last piece of information I’ll mention is that Dr. Boukhars made the point that the war on terror has only further made radical groups more dangerous. So one must ask themselves, if both Bush and Obama’s different policies have only further aggravated Isis, then what will make this issue come to an end?

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