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The Debacle of the Caliphates: Why al-Baghdadi’s Grandiosity Doesn’t Matter

03 Jul

Ibrahim al-Badri, a run-of-the-mill Sunni Iraqi cleric, gained a degree from the University of Baghdad at a time when pedagogy there had collapsed because of the Saddam Hussein dictatorship and international sanctions. After 2003 he took the name Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and turned to a vicious and psychopathic violence involving blowing up children at ice cream shops and blowing up gerbils and garden snakes at pet shops and blowing up family weddings, then coming back and blowing up the resultant funerals. This man is one of the most infamous serial killers in modern history, with the blood of thousands on his hands, before whom Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy fade into insignificance.

via The Debacle of the Caliphates: Why al-Baghdadi’s Grandiosity Doesn’t Matter: Juan Cole — www.truthdig.com.

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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Middle East, Reportages

 

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