Crisis in Iraq: Who is ISIS?

This Sunday on CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek was joined by Professor Robert Kramer from St. Norbert College to talk about the situation in Iraq.

The Islamic militant group ISIS has used brutal tactics to take control of a huge portion of Iraq.

Kramer, who is an expert in the history of the Middle East and the Islamic World, says ISIS is trying to spread its version of Islam throughout the region and the world.

But Kramer adds that theologically speaking, the group’s interpretation is “…clearly at odds with the teachings of Islam.” Despite that, ISIS has been able to expand throughout Iraq.

“This group has perpetrated some of the most horrible, horrible acts of inhumanity,” Kramer said.

ISIS has terrorized Christians and other religious minorities and has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

Kramer says he’s not very optimistic about the situation getting better anytime soon.

“It stands to reason that things are going to get worse until ISIS is defeated or neutralized. I don’t see this group moderating its ideology at all,” Kramer said.

CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 10 a.m.

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