CNN's Alisyn Camerota clearly did not do her homework... probably one of many reasons why she was canned by Fox! There is nothing baffling about why ISIS is hell-bent on bringing on the apocalypse, they want to bring end times for the return of the Mahdi (islamic messiah). ISIS' end goal is the same as the Iranian Twelvers (Twelfth imam) who too have the same end goal for the return of the Mahdi. ISIS is Sunni and Iranian Twelvers are Shia both islamic extremists that do not get along but know massive carnage, spilling of blood and death is required to bring on the Mahdi's return. In ISIS' minds they are fulfilling that "need" by starting a fight with everyone, where as the Iranians have been working on nuclear weapons while sponsoring terrorism. Everything ISIS is doing is in your face and big because they want a fight, they are saying "here we are come get us". This is what makes ISIS so dangerous because they believe in this wholeheartedly but makes the obama regime and any other dismissive govt dangerous because they refuse to acknowledge ISIS as islamic radicals with this "bring on the end times" system of belief.
End times is what ISIS wants Marie Harf not jobs! They want to start the apocalypse to bring on their messiah and take the world back to the 7th century! If the left leaning The Atlantic can figure this out then maybe people should start listening?
What ISIS Really Wants
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
by Graeme Wood | The Atlantic
What is the Islamic State?
Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as “not Islamic” and as al-Qaeda’s “jayvee team,” statements that reflected confusion about the group, and may have contributed to significant strategic errors.
The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules an area larger than the United Kingdom. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been its leader since May 2010, but until last summer, his most recent known appearance on film was a grainy mug shot from a stay in U.S. captivity at Camp Bucca during the occupation of Iraq. Then, on July 5 of last year, he stepped into the pulpit of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, to deliver a Ramadan sermon as the first caliph in generations—upgrading his resolution from grainy to high-definition, and his position from hunted guerrilla to commander of all Muslims. The inflow of jihadists that followed, from around the world, was unprecedented in its pace and volume, and is continuing.
Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. Baghdadi has spoken on camera only once. But his address, and the Islamic State’s countless other propaganda videos and encyclicals, are online, and the caliphate’s supporters have toiled mightily to make their project knowable. We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of—and headline player in—the imminent end of the world....more