I bought this book almost a month ago, and although it’s a very interesting subject I got distracted many times (leave it on the side and read something else) due to the complexity, infinite names and lots of details on it, but I can finally say, I’m done!!!
This is a tale of two halves, really. It’s a complicated book, for starters…
I don’t suggest jumping right into it without any pre-existing knowledge on the question… I personally had to Google names and stuff in order to understand properly what I was reading.
The first half contains information on how the convergence of Salafism and Baathism, and the opportunism of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi creates this well-organised movement that spread like wildfire.
There’s also good info on why USA failed in Iraq and how ISIS used that for their gain and how it’s Assad fault that ISIS reigns there.
The “problem” about this book is more centred around the insights surrounding the inner workings of ISIS.
There is only a couple pages about their inner economy and close to nothing about their logistic, which are some of the most fascinating/terrifying aspects of the group.
The insight about recruiting is also vague and anecdotal.
I mean, we all know ISIS is using social media to reach out to people, but what people want to know is how they convince young to embark on such a ghastly journey…
For that, I watched a documentary the other day and it was a lot of nonsense to me. But when it comes to sacred books (aka the Bible and such) written by a fantastic fictional being nobody has ever seen (that supposedly promises you few virgins in the great beyond if you become a suicide bomber to kill innocents) I cannot take it serious whatsoever.
But fragile minds are abundant, sadly.
Anyhow, the historical perspective of ISIS: INSIDE THE ARMY OF TERROR is captivating, but it spends a lot of time discussing something nobody fully understands as of today.