The Terror Of Terror And Violence

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In July of 2014, ISIS blew up a Muslim shrine as an act of terror and violence. Again they attempted to terrorize the local people of Iraq when they blew up another ancient mosque later the same month. The ISIS terrorist group is an extremist Muslim organization that is capitalizing off the fear and confusion of the Syrian Civil War. For the past five years, ISIS has waged war on the Syrian government as well as any other group that does not conform to their extreme ways of life. Their tactics for control are aggressive and extreme; public beheading, fear mongering, and destruction of local historical and religious sites. The destruction of these sites is done in an iconoclastic manor; yet, they also use the destruction to push their…show more content…
ISIS is known for their hatred of religious and ethnic groups that do not conform to their extreme ways. Christian and the Sunni Muslims are the two main targets for the ISIS terror attacks. Their attacks have no limits. In Beirut, a fifth-century Roman Catholic monastery was destroyed by ISIS while in Mosul the suspected tomb of Jonah the prophet was blown up (). Also in Mosul, a mosque and shrine devoted to Prophet Jirjis was also blown up as an act of terror. It’s clear that ISIS has no specific target other than those that disagree with their platform and extreme views. They use the destruction of images as an attempt to scare locals into subjecting to their laws. ISIS recognizes the power that these images hold on people and they are trying to exploit that. Similarly, the government of France and Russia used images and their powers to spread propaganda. While ISIS uses the images of destruction and violence more so than Russia and France, the similarities can be seen in the effort to control the common people. What makes this form of iconoclasm so different is that it deviates from the “normal” iconoclasm that took place early in religious history. Early forms of iconoclasm destroyed images because of the fear and power that they have and create. As Freedberg states, “It [iconoclasm] opens realms of power and fear that we may sense but cannot quite grasp. When the iconoclast
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