ISIS Is Basically A US-Unfriendly Saudi Arabia

A lot of people were outraged by ISIS’s despotic new laws which included amputations and crucifixions.  For reference, they are:

  • Women are told they should not go outside unless necessary, because their place is to provide stability at home.
  • They must wear full, wide Islamic dress
  • Stealing or looting will result in the amputation of limbs
  • Criminals can be crucified (this law quotes a verse from the Quran)
  • Muslims must participate in group prayers at mosques ‘on time’
  • Muslims will be well-treated, unless they are allied with oppressors
  • Drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes are banned
  • Rival political or armed groups are also banned
  • Police and military officers will be given the chance to repent
  • Apostasy is punishable by death and carrying flags, except those of the Islamic state, is not allowed
  • Graves and shrines are forbidden, and will be destroyed

But as terrible as these laws are, they are almost verbatim the same laws Saudi Arabia has, including crucifixions and amputations, which have gone on for decades and supported by US funding.

So when the US criticizes ISIS, as they should, lets not pretend it’s for human rights purposes but for pure self-interest.