What is there to say about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? To its supporters, it is the coming into being of a long overdue, legitimate, Sunni sovereign state, in a geographical area where a Sunni majority has been ruled over by Shias, Alawites and Baathists. To its detractors, it is but an upstart band of thugs with enough firepower to cause serious instability in an already fragile region – a terrorist group that is exploiting the current weakness of the states in Iraq and Syria in order to further an extremist agenda. And if anything sets them apart from any other militia of the Arab Spring, it is simply a higher degree of organization and more military success.
The nature of the state
ISIS is just a bunch of thugs with guns. But, they have as good a claim to statehood in the area as either the governments of Iraq or SyriaDr. Azeem Ibrahim