CNN host Michael Smerkonish seems taken aback when editor of The Atlantic, Graeme Wood, explains that ISIS is guided by the governing precepts that were embedded in Islam by the Prophet Muhammad and his earliest followers.
In his Atlantic article, What ISIS Really Wants, Wood says: “The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic and the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.”
Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail.
Muslims can reject the Islamic State, but pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it.