Roots of Islamic State don’t lie in religion
The group emerged as rapidly as it did because of vacuum of authority created by the undermining of Baathist regimes in Iraq and Syria
A Kuwaiti immigrant in London has been revealed as Islamic State’s public executioner. The news attests yet again to the sinister global appeal of al-Qaeda’s successor. But the debate about Islam, most recently provoked by a long article in The Atlantic magazine, won’t help us identify the real challenge posed by radical outfits.