The basis of the war undertaken by ISIS definitely has to do with the conflict between the Sunni and Shia Muslims. Beyond this, ISIS also reserves a deep hatred for the west. This would allow one to infer that all that is west (an allied with the west) is against ISIS just as ISIS is against the west. However, this is an interesting anomaly in the case of Saudi Arabia.
The Wahhabi ideology – a sect that advocates early forms of Islam and is the predominant sect of Saudi, is the same ideology adopted by ISIS. However, strange this may seem given the evident “Westernized” lifestyle of the Saudi elite it is true that the Saudi have nurtured the formation of ISIS. It is also true that some of the Saudi elite are currently financing ISIS efforts.
The events currently taking place in the world cannot be simply seen from one view. On one hand there is a conflict between Sunni’s and Shia’s, on the other side there is the support from the Saudi’s which contradicts with their western lifestyle, and beyond there is the spill over of terror into other countries. But why is there a spill over of events into other countries? It seems as though intentionally instigating the world leading powers thwarts the attempts of ISIS to take over the regions they desire. Involving other countries in this issue by executions on video and other means seems to instigate countries to get involved. ISIS must be a fairly co-ordinated group to take over the regions they have. They also must have the knowhow and strategic planning to be aware that any conflict with the world’s powers will result in their defeat. In exchange for this defeat, all that is suffered by the countries entering the conflict are financial resources, political favour depending on the position of the population, the outcome of the war, and fear from the public citizen. Is this what ISIS really wants? Perhaps. Maybe the group realizes that no group such as themselves can successfully over-take a vast region without the rest of the stable world getting involved at some point. Perhaps the strategy of ISIS is to gradually impair the financial, political, and public sectors of the world’s leading powers and leave enough turmoil in the resistance countries for next generation movements to do the same. Maybe the plan is actually constant failure until the point where the powerful nations have become so financially strained, politically fragmented, and publicly fearful to enter war that it becomes possible for a group such as themselves to take over vast areas and maintain them. Or, maybe not?
No one truly knows what the strategy here is but it is an incredibly complex topic that cannot be easily explained. The world together must evenly combat the conflict in order to avoid un-even losses and to be able to sustain their powers. Is this ultimately a war of religion?