Would/will an ISIS capture of Baghdad give it a valid claim to nationhood?
Any regime must rely on the goodwill of its people in order to hold power. Iraq is very tribally divided. The Sunni-Moslem Arabs of ISIS will not get along with the majority of Shia-Moslem Arabs in the country. And none of the Arabs will ever get along with the Kurds. Baghdad is full of Shia. The nation should be split into three countries.
Will there be any Kurds left after ISIS and Turkey slam them down? Will there be any Shia left, if ISIS massacres them with each town they occupy? (Yes, elsewhere, of course.) ISIS is determined to terrorize and "convert or kill." Statehood?
We must define 'valid claim' and that usually means the power to enforce such a claim of anything. I would think that as far as ISIS is concerned, it has already made a claim and has set about to enforce it. For ISIS, the validity of it's claim resides in the first to words, Islamic State, an acknowledged 1500 year old religious belief, with 1.3 billion adherents and 23% of the world population and growing. As Russia annexed the Crimea, it is now Russia. Power validates.
As in the history of Christianity there are many sects that vie for more power, more of the pie, but push come to shove they are all Muslims and although they will continue to fight among themselves, they, at one point, will unify for a world Caliphate.
I am sorry to disagree with you, cjhunsinger.
Or to correct myself; I am glad to disagree with you concerning your statements concerning the Islamic peoples’ wish “to unify for a world Caliphate”.
History proves that in Christianity many sects vied
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