Jamsheed and Carol Choksy say that the financiers and supporters of the Islamic State should be “held accountable” for their actions:
Only the Muslim nations that ignited jihadism can now defuse it, working with moderate Iraqis and Syrians who are directly affected by it. There’s no need to defer to the feigned fury of the governments Biden rightly criticized. They are abettors, so let’s instead thrust them to the forefront of the confrontation against Islamic extremism.
These are bold words. Since the most active “abettors” of the Islamic State, e.g. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE, are also at least notionally our staunchest Muslim allies in the region, I wonder about the mechanics of how they might be held to account.
Also, how do you account for the deaths of thousands of innocents? What is the appropriate penalty?
I don’t believe that the atrocities of the Islamic State are inherent to Islam any more than Torquemada was inherent to Christianity. I do believe that these outbreaks of barbaric cruelty perpetrated by Muslims in the name of their religion will continue until more young Muslims volunteer to fight the Islamic State than volunteer to join it. That’s the real challenge for Muslims and where the real accounting should be.