Last week, President Obama gave a speech about the military action our country is taking against ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), the organization that has seized control in Iraq and Syria. Strangely enough, the leaders of the group are using the medieval term "caliphate" to refer to their organization. It'd be like if someone took over Italy and declared themselves the Caesar.
President Obama says that ISIL is not Islamic. Even though they are Muslims using Islamic terms, their actions completely go against what Islam teaches.
I can understand that. That's basically what I believe about the Catholics who were responsible for the Spanish Inquisition. Also, the malicious people involved with the big child abuse scandal in 2002-3. I know Catholicism is a religion of forgiveness, but I have a hard time forgiving these people for all the harm they have done, which continues to cause harm long afterwards.
President Obama is now the fourth United States President in a row to declare military intervention in Iraq. Clearly, whatever the US has done there since the 1980's has been ineffective. Let's hope this will be the last war in the Middle East.