An ideology is always just an excuse for other reasons that lead people into taking extreme measures. What drives the Islamic State to be so violent? What makes them believe in a violent ideology in the first place? Is it anger over extreme injustice that was done to them? What are the real reasons?
Ideology plays a major role in shaping an individual response to what is happening. Ideology covers every aspect of life in political, social and economic spheres in the Muslim world. The well-established and accepted belief to be a true Muslim is that Islam is the only true religion from God and it is superior to all.
There is a lack of objective understanding of the delicacies and inter-state relations in the Muslim world. The main reason behind is the political and religious elites who blame the USA and the Western world for all the problems they created due to their corruption, ineptitude and mismanagement.
In this way, they absolves themselves of any wrongdoings and intoxicate young minds with hatred and prejudice. This hatred and prejudice eliminates seeds of objective thinking and instead create a narrow and tunnel vision.
The Shias were marginalized and repressed by the Sunni dictator Saddam Hussain who was in power and ran the government for a long time (1979-2003).
Iraq’s presidential elections of 2010 were a turning point in Iraq’s post-Saddam history. Since the elections, Maliki has been systematically eliminating his political rivals, mostly Sunnis or secular Shiites.
The Maliki government further added fuel to the fire with its continued marginalization of Sunnis and growing role of Iran in Iraqi affairs.
From Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya and Syria, foreign intervention is and has been the most important reason of anarchy and extremism.
This lawlessness and anarchy an the absence of any central authority produces a vacuum which allows terrorist organizations to survive and thrive.