Something curious happened to the acronym of the Iraqi insurgents now poised to fight for Baghdad and throw a giant monkey wrench in the whole U.S., Iraq adventure. What began as ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has suddenly been shifting (throughout all the mass media outlets) to ISIL or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The more the insurgents ramp up their offensive, and Obama stutters to find an off ramp out for the huge screw up that is Libya, Syria, Iraq, the more it appears that the actual “S” for Syria is being phased out in place of an “L” for Levant.
We all know (or should know) what Syria is but what is the Levant? Well according to wikipedia:
The Levant (/ləˈvænt/), also known as the Eastern Mediterranean, is a geographic and cultural region consisting of the “eastern Mediterranean littoral between Anatolia and Egypt”. The Levant today consists of the island of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey (the former Aleppo Vilayet).
Precise definitions have varied over time, and the term originally had a broader and less well-defined usage. The Levant has been described as the “crossroads of western Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and northeast Africa”.
Here is where things get a bit interesting and curious. ISIL as an acronym is a western media creation. The last “S” stems from the Arabic word “al-sham” which means Levant, Syria or Damascus. The terrorist wreaking havoc in the region claim the last “S” is referring to the territory that they came from, which is Syria. They never ever used the acronym ISIL. The White House prefers that the press refer to the ISIS as ISIL, even though it is technically incorrect, why?
Well perhaps Obama wants to distance the White House Syrian terrorist group they armed and funded to overthrow Assad from the terrorist group currently overrunning Iraq. Confusing, yes, but nonetheless ISIS and ISIL are one and the same. All this ISIL name changing might just be a clever way to make it more difficult for people to connect the “bad” Iraq fighters to the “good” fighters in Syria.