Quite a few people raised an eyebrow when I quoted the Klausenberger Rebbe osb"m recently, who once said, "the Ishmaelites outdo the Nazis when it comes to cruelty. I shudder to think what will be." With the rise of the Islamic Caliphate (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq recently, the genocide against the Yazidis and Kurds and their utterly gory and indescibable atrocities against Christians, women and POWs, we now know exactly what the Klausenberger Rebbe was talking about - his far-reaching spiritual vision was crystal clear.
The ISIS is so brutally and sadistically cruel that even Bin Ladin parted ways with them. In fact, compared to the ISIS, Al Qaida looks like Sesame Street.
This is no longer a joke or a subject for living-room analysts. As you can see in the above map, ISIS now controls a quarter of Syria and almost half of Iraq. They are spreading quickly in the direction of Lebanon and Jordan, which puts them right near our backyard fence here in Israel.
Another great tzaddik, Rabbi Yehuda Zeev Leibowitz osb"m, said before he died that Israel won't be able to attack Iran. Nobody understood him. We already see that the USA and Iran have become strange bedfellows, for the ISIS is a threat to both of them. And, since the ISIS sees Jerusalem and the Land of Israel is the center of their caliphate (see their aspirations map, below), they are a threat to us as well. There are many surprises as Moshiach approaches, that even Iran and Israel have a common enemy...
The world's intel agencies are rubbing their eyes: ISIS sprouted virtually overnight, like a mushroom after a forest rain. Yet, they now control oil fields, banks and the Mosul Dam. They have vast resources. Sunnis from all over the world are joining them. Where did they come from? They came from Hashem, to jolt us out of our spiritual slumber. Will anyone, governments or individuals, wake up?
Here's a message to all the world's alligator-tear bleeding hearts - Gaza, and particularly Hamas, are a branch of ISIS in our backyard. We cannot compromise with anyone who is determined to destroy us at all costs, Heaven forbid.
What does all this mean to us? Hashem is telling us that it's time to wake up. Teshuva and unity are the order of the day. I pray that Hashem opens up our hearts - soon, amen.