Bully (verb): “use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.” [Google]
Sadism (noun): “the act of gaining pleasure from inflicting physical or psychological pain on another.” [Medical Dictionary]
Since we’re all rightly preoccupied with the terrorist attack on Paris last week, let’s look at a common human dynamic that may partially explain violent Islamic jihadism by Dáesh, an unflattering Arabic term for ISIS/ISIL (Islamic State in Syria/…in the Levant).
Muslim orthodoxy usually includes a degree of tolerance for the other “people of the Book”, Jews and Christians whose faiths also descend from their common patriarch Abraham. The ideology behind Islamic terror reflects a fundamentalist, aggressive reading of the Quran and hadiths. They explicitly justify proselytizing by conquest and adherence to Islam under penalty of death. These convictions drove the original expansion of Islam during the Middle Ages, and eventually is to result in universal Islamic rule under a single Caliphate.
This is now the impetus for proclaiming the Islamic State, led by its first caliph, Abu Bakr …Read the Rest