ISIS: Defining the Enemy, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 29,2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the April 29, 2015 hearing "ISIS: Defining the Enemy" held before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Ted Poe: "The Middle East is a complex place. Major players weave an intricate web of support and opposition. As you can see on the screen that is on each end of the committee room--and Ambassador, I think there may be a chart that you have been furnished as well-- it is hard to keep track of who supports what groups. But one thing is clear. Nobody seems to like ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]. Yet, despite everyone being against ISIS, we are not winning the battle against the war on ISIS. One of the reasons, I believe, is because it is not clear we understand the group very well. It is time we called it like it is. ISIS is a radical Islamic terrorist group. The White House doesn't really like to talk about this but we cannot defeat ISIS if we do not understand who they are. It is critical that we know what its goals are, how it seeks to achieve those goals. Even if the White House doesn't think ISIS is Islamic, ISIS does. ISIS explains its actions and justifies them through its interpretation of the Islamic law and Islamic writings. This philosophy is reflected in its daily actions and its deadly actions. ISIS beliefs state that Christians either must renounce their faith or embrace Islam or die. It is no coincidence then that we have seen ISIS specifically target Christians not because Christians are stealing their jobs or fighting against ISIS but merely because they are Christians." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert Ford, Maryam Rajavi, and Walid Phares.

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