ISIS Terrorist Attacks Designed to Hasten the "Apocalypse" and Instill Fear

Posted Nov. 18, 2015

MP3 Interview with Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., conducted by Scott Harris

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The shocking terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 focused world attention on ISIS, the extremist group which claimed responsibility. The well-planned massacre of ordinary Parisians across the city in restaurants, a stadium and concert hall, killed 129 and wounded 352, with 99 remaining in critical condition. In a statement released after the carnage, the terrorist group said it had targeted France for its involvement in the bombing campaign against ISIS forces in both Iraq and Syria.

The Paris assault came after other recent attacks claimed by ISIS, including two bombings in Beirut that killed 43, the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt that took the lives of all 224 passengers and a double suicide bombing in Ankara, Turkey targeting a Kurdish political rally that killed 97.

The French government responded to the murderous attack by declaring a state of emergency, stepping up its bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria and launching police raids against suspected ISIS-linked terrorists across France. While President Obama has resisted calls to send large numbers of U.S. troops to battle ISIS in Syria, Republican presidential candidates were quick to criticize the president for not escalating America's military campaign – with some demanding a halt to the White House plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian war refugees in the U.S. They were joined by two dozen Republican governors who said they would "suspend" the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Vijay Prashad, the George and Martha Kellner chair in South Asian History and professor of International Studies at Trinity College. Here, Prashad discusses the goals of the perpetrators of the Paris massacre and policy options to diminish future cycles of violence.

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