Modern Islam and Caliphate Islam?
Does the interpretations pose a problem for non-Islamic people?
If ISIL believes it is the true Islam, if modern Islamic persons believe they have a valid interpretation of Islam, what are the outside observers to do?
If ISIL believes it is the true Islam, then the problem is both more simple and more complicated than first thought.
It’s simpler because we can identify the “good” (not 7th century) Muslems from the bad (7th century).
It’s more complicated because it means the 21st century Muslems will have to become very political and even engage in military efforts against ISIL.
It is more complicated, also, because it means the Shi’a/Sunni divide will have to be eliminated more quickly than it is currently being eroded.
What outsiders can do is virtually nothing. We can encourage the moderns, we can protect ourselves against the caliphates. Only the members of the Islamic faith can solve the problem.
Cheer the moderns; contain the caliphates until they self-destruct--as they must.