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Category Archives: What Caused ISIS

A Google search on, “what caused the rise of ISIS,” produced 1.5 million hits on April 8, 2015.  Lots of information, opinion, and political propaganda.  Books and articles abound.

During what may turn out to be the runup to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war where Syria and ISIS have been the catalysts, this post provides salient facts, a reference, plus new information for those wanting to know what is really up out there.

If you are of the politically correct / revisionist history crowd, prepare to be offended.

There are six parts: Read More »


Middle East Foundations

Understanding the ISIS situation must begin with understanding Middle East foundations.

Geographically, the region lies in between Africa and Asia. The “Levant” refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey.


While there are differences in this regard among Middle East countries, the majority religion is Islam Read More »

What Caused ISIS

The underlying reason there is an ISIS today is the Saudi Arabia (Sunni)-Iran (Shiite) cold war.

The conflict is often portrayed as being based only on religion.  In reality it is more about power and the ability of each country to exert influence over the region.

That said, one cannot escape the factor of religion in the Middle East.  In that regard, Sunnis view Shiites as heretics.

The Saudi approach against Iran, accompanied by other Sunni countries in the region (and the world), has been to fund opposition groups with heavy emphasis in Syria over the past few years. Read More »