What is it with older ISIS spokespeople and the expression they are using to refer to Westerners as “People of the cross”?
What exactly do they mean by this term? Are they so out of touch with modern life that they think most Westerners are religious to the point where the biblical crucifix — which was actually a stake (if the crucifixion of one Jesus Christ is true) as opposed to a cross — means anything in their day-to-day lives? How many of you consider yourselves to be “people of the cross”?
It seems some older ISIS spokespersons don’t realize that the vast majority of Westerners these days have no affiliation with any religious organizations, and only a small minority of people — mostly Catholics in places like the Vatican — wear a crucifix.
And much like the ISIS leader who was laughed at by talk show hosts for wearing a Rolex watch when addressing some frightened Muslims in a place of worship, some of the older ISIS spokespeople are coming across as goofy characters in a Monty Python skit while some younger ISIS people are reported to be savvy geeks on social media.
Is there a generation gap in ISIS, with the old guys stuck in the ancient “people of the cross” off-with-their-heads mindset while the younger generation is busy hacking away online?
Whatever the case, the “people of the cross” talk is adding dark humour to a pathetic situation that is going to end with the deaths of tens of thousands of ISIS crusaders, both old and young.
I suppose some of the ISIS old guard see it as a religious war, but the West doesn’t see it that way at all. They see ISIS as terrorists, and nothing but terrorists. And the vast majority of the Muslim world sees ISIS as terrorists who do not represent Muslims.
It’s hard to believe, though, that any young people would get sucked into the ISIS time warp while at the same time watching videos on YouTube and tweeting on Twitter.
The contradictions within ISIS will give psychiatrists and sociologists much to think about in the years to come after ISIS is gone.