For those who have been living in a shell of Candy Crush, MRT breakdowns and STOMP’s goondus, this is the reality of the world outside Singapore.
In Syria alone, more than 250,000 people have died and 11 million people have been displaced. Some may remember the wave of sympathy that followed after pictures of a drowned 3 year old Syrian toddler circulated online (his 5 year old brother and mother also drowned).
In a recently publicised document, which the US government’s English version is attached above, the ISIL lays out 15 (there may be more but we could only get 1 page) rules on how and when to rape enslaved women.
To those who think ISIL (or ISIS as we refer to them in Singapore) is using Islam as an excuse to conquer the world, here is an alternative view which instead explains why ISIL is extremely Islamic, and will not pull out any stops to reach its goal.
It is not in our best interests to hide our heads when Singapore is perceived as the Israel of South East Asia, and pretend that ISIL is a problem too far away to care about.
This article was first published on Jules of Singapore.