The ISIS Fight, Part I: Take It From Indians-Religious Wars Stink
Once upon a time, in a far away desert hell-hole, there began Al Qaeda in Iraq, born in 2004 to oppose the U.S. invasion there. Its leaders came to doubt the worth of the Al Qaeda brand and so Al Qaeda in Iraq begat the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006, which begat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2013, which begat the Islamic State, claiming to be their resurrection of the Muslim Caliphate abolished by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1924.
The full Arabic term for this alleged Caliphate is al-Dawlah al-Islamīyah fī al-ʻIrāq wa-al-Shām, which can be reduced to an acronym that is nonsensical in Arabic but has a sound similar to Arabic words that are not anything the terrorists wish to have as their calling card, Daesh. Arabs who don’t like or respect the Islamic State have taken to calling it Daesh because it pisses the terrorists off, and that usage has spread to the west. Daesh they shall be in this series of articles, a tiny bit different from what French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius calls them, but for exactly the reason Fabius cites: