An existential struggle between civilisation and Isil barbarism
The horrendous November 13 Islamic State attack on Paris is this generation's symbolic moment, a vicious offensive in what must now be seen as part of an emerging third world war. The ideological rationale at the basis of this conflict is being driven by an extreme Salafi/Wahhabi Islamic ideology, which is nurtured and funded by states such as Saudi Arabia.
Since 2001, this unrelenting religious fascism has spread its tentacles via a plethora of well-resourced jihadist groups, such as the Taliban, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and most recently Isil.
These groups have established themselves across vast tracts of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. According to the Rand Corporation, as of 2014, there were around 50 such Jihadist-Salafist groups in existence globally, all advocating violent jihad as a means of implementing 'pure' Islam and Sharia law.