Groups like Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, ISIS or ISIL, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, or Abu Sayyaf are all terrorist groups. Remember, in simple terms, terrorism is anything that scares the shit out of you and then kills you. Or, kills you and scares the shit out of those watching you get killed. Well, that's my layman's definition of it anyway. The groups I listed all fly black flags, speaking of which it is fitting that they do. You see, Black Flag is the name of an American insecticide company whose motto is, "They Check in, but don't checkout." To bad there isn't a large enough Roach Motel to accommodate them all. Yes, I compared a group of people to roaches. Shocked? Well don't be. I'm speaking only of those who are terrorist, and aligned with these groups, who support them.
Yes I'm angry, several of these groups sabotaged a revolution that had good intentions in Syria. Now the people there are literally caught between a "rock and a hard place." ISIS is as bad as the dictator they wish to overthrow. And they don't wish to overthrow the mass murderer for the sake of freedom, for the sake of the people, they wish to overthrow the dictator Assad because they are as selfish, and shameful as he is.
In Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Somalia, in Nigeria, in Pakistan, just to name a few, their story and terrors are the same. They have a twisted interpretation of Islam which in no way is representative of the vast majority of the followers of that religion. The groups mentioned above are drunk with power, and of obtaining that. They are control freaks who wish to dictate every aspect of the daily routine of those innocent citizens whose territory has fallen under their conquest. They are against any rights for women, against education. Hell, even the names of one of those groups[Boko Haram] means just that. They shoot little girls[Malala Yousafzai] attempting to get an education in Pakistan. They murder politicians[Benazir Bhutto] who pledge to expose the evil they represent and to stomp them out. They kidnap and sell young school girls in Nigeria and murder the inhabitants of whole towns.
These Groups of the Black Flag are big on snuff videos, to not only instill terror, but to recruit new members. Videos such as those now emerging from Iraq. If you find these videos inspirational, do yourself and the world a favor, get your head checked immediately because they are sick. Don't ask me how they find their way onto Facebook, and Twitter, but they do. These social networking sites are passive enablers of these groups and more needs to be done to prevent them from carry such content. It is simple, murderers are not allowed on Facebook, their pages are taken down, then why do some of these groups manage to have accounts on them?
Don't buy the flip side of this argument though, that dictators such as Bashar al-Assad, and Saddam Hussein "are not that bad." Hussein killed on the average roughly 75,000 of his people a year over a two decade span of state terror. The Assad's have been controlling their population with an iron fist for these past forty years. Both Assad and Hussein have used chemical weapons on their own people to quench their thirst for power. Ghadafi was another prick. The problem is two of these monsters were removed without thinking how to preserve the peace after they were gone. The third[Assad] is still in power and much shrewder than other two. So shrewd in fact, that any military action taken against the rampaging terrorist will only solidify his hold on power and he'll come away smelling like roses. That isn't good either.
Remember these groups are in no way representative of the religion they hide behind. Just as the IRA was not representative of the vast majority of Irish Catholics, or Joseph Kony's LRA is representative of Christians. Like all the groups mentioned in this article, these are criminal organizations who can give a rat's ass about freedom. It is a shame that a fraction of a fraction can cause so so much hate, death and destruction.