What ISIS really wants

If you only read one epic, exhaustive essay on the religious ideology behind ISIS, let it be this one from The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood:

The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy, and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior. Its rise to power is less like the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (a group whose leaders the Islamic State considers apostates) than like the realization of a dystopian alternate reality in which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

Know your enemy…