What ISIS gets wrong about the Caliphate: http://t.co/ApPLMNmM9nAs for the "article" itself, it's so badly written in terms of style (let's not even touch substance) that I laughed. Here's an example:
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 8, 2014
The present-day Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in declaring himself a caliph and his terrorist mini-state a caliphate, is communicating that he believes he is fighting on behalf of all Muslims worldwide (he does not count Shia Muslims in this, only Sunnis) and that he is the representative of God on earth. He is also sort of suggesting a desire to continue ISIS's advance until he has conquered all Muslim-majority lands, which is an aspiration that's hinted at frequently in jihadist maps of a unified Islamic empire ...This is freshman-level writing. At best.