King Abdullah II of Jordan warned Tuesday that humanity is “facing a third world war” due to the threat of ISIS, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.
“We are facing a third world war against humanity and this is what brings us all together,” he told a press conference.
“This is a war, as I’ve said repeatedly, within Islam,” he said, stressing the high number of Muslim victims of the Islamic State (IS) group.
Abdullah said groups such as IS “expose themselves daily as savage outlaws of religion, devoid of humanity, respecting no laws and no boundaries”.
King Abdullah called on the world to “act fast” and confront the threat posed by ISIS “whether it is in this region, Africa, Asia or in Europe.”
King Abdullah made similar comments late last year in an interview with Charlie Rose.
This is no reflection of our religion. This is evil. And all of us have got to make that decision. We have to stand up and say, “This is the line that is drawn in the sand. And those that believe in right should stand on this side. And those that don’t have to make a decision to stand on the other.” It’s clearly a fight between good and evil. I think it’s a generational fight. As I said to, actually, to President Putin, I think this is a third world war by other means.”
I hope the short-term part of it is going to be the military. The medium-term is a security aspect of it. But the long-term is going to be the ideological one. So, what I’m saying is, we as Muslims have got to look ourselves in the mirror and realise that we have this problem; make this very difficult call, and then all of us come together and clearly say that, you know, these people are renegades. These people have nothing to do with Islam.
A video of the interview is embedded below.
Earlier this year, ISIS captured a Jordanian pilot and later circulated a video showing him being burned alive in a metal cage. The execution video prompted Jordan to escalate its attacks against ISIS. Jordan has reportedly increased military cooperation with Israel in light of growing regional instability.
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