What ISIS Really Wants

In 1741, a Muslim ‘scholar’ Abd al-Wahhab got himself thrown out of his home town for reviving a 400 year old extreme puritanical view of his fellow Muslims. He found a refuge and formed an alliance with the chief of an agricultural community, owned by the Saud tribe. Over two centuries, they were to turn that viralent and puritanical strain of Islam into a weapon that laid the foundation for regional power and later into stability insurance for Western oil interests. That weapon, Wahhabism, is both a method of control and a danger to those who assume the mantle of supreme authority.