Many Americans have different ideas about ISIS and America's role in dealing with it. The common belief is that the U.S. has to stay away from these problems since they have nothing to do with America. Sociology teaches us that there are no country's problems because eventually, they turn into world problems, and it is much more difficult to deal with them. ISIS is a good example in this case. Now, it is a threat in a specific part of the world, but it already involves more than one country. Daily, the U.S. receives immigrants from there who tell horrifying stories and expect the U.S. government to interfere and do something. Just by looking through the news and listening to people, one can say that the ISIS has influenced American culture greatly since people have determined their views on Islam, the Middle East, the U.S. involvement, and the situation after it.
It is possible to understand people who are against involvement as well as their arguments to a certain extent, but it is also important to show people that such thinking is wrong. Using sociology to guide us, we have to understand that our country does not exist in a vacuum, and various social shifts in other parts of the world will have a direct influence on us. Hence, instead of ignoring somebody else's problems, we have to help to deal with them; otherwise, these problems will influence us greatly and in a very negative way. First, the conflict of ISIS is directly connected to many of the concepts covered by the book such as ethnicity; and another concept is religion. According to the video, ISIS carries threats to people based on their ethnic and religious affiliation, so whoever is not like them should be eliminated (RT, 2014). The book talks about diverse minorities in the Muslim world (Schaefer, 2011). In fact, the territory ISIS operates at is also very diverse, and there are many people who do not fit into ISIS expectations or who do not support them. They still get eliminated. As it was mentioned in another video, ISIS is threatening not only to those who are different but also to those who think differently (Ahlulbat TV, 2014). As a result, this force does not stand anybody with a different opinion.
Why is this information important? It is important because it defines our perception on ISIS. The ISIS threat is a social issue, which means it is a problem that affects entire society and it may have further consequences on its development. The social issue often leads to prejudices, which can be seen with ISIS example. For instance, people in America see what is taking place in Syria and Iraq from media, so they develop their own set of prejudices against ISIS. The prejudices against ISIS are a normal thing since this groups represents aggressors and violators of human rights who kill and act mercilessly (Wall Street Journal, 2014). However, the problem is that people tend to develop prejudices against Muslims in general, connecting ISIS to 9/11 events and thinking that Islam is the main reason such a thing like ISIS could ever exist. Prejudices prevent people from accepting and searching an objective truth. For instance, how many people know that there was a Muslims' prayer room in the World Trade Center? (WTC Muslim Center, 2014). People tend to think of themselves as the only victims, and it is easy for them to divide the world into enemies and friends, so prejudices play a very important role in this case.
The ISIS threat is also connected to the concept of discrimination because it shows how one group discriminates the other one because of some differences. Returning to the question why ISIS should matter for the U.S., I want to state that America does not exist in a closed system. Its passiveness when basic human rights are being violated leads to American citizens to questioning their state. They ask themselves questions about America's mission in the world. In addition, ISIS threat is the issue of morals. If somebody is in trouble, should we ignore it or intervene? Should the world community give bread to those who starve in Africa? Then, how is ISIS threat really different? There are people dying in the region because of an aggressor who cannot be stopped from within, so obviously, there is a need of international help. Thirdly, the U.S. should care about it because this threat may spread out unless stopped now. Since ISIS gets more and more power every day (RT, 2014), it is logical to fight with it now when there is still some resistance to it, and when it has not spread as much as it actually can. Besides, ISIS considers everybody else its enemy, so in case it grows very strong, it may attack the U.S.
This issue is important for society in general because it shows the price of a human life and discrimination once again. Now, many sociologists speak about the division of the world when people from developed countries are considered more important and valuable than the people from poor countries (Barkan, 2010). As a result, developed countries often ignore the problems in the poorer parts of the world because people there do not matter so much. This is a great example of the social issue because no one - even entire society - has a right to downplay the importance of human life, and an individual has to protected and saved by whichever government when there is a possibility to do so.
Thus, we can conclude by saying that ISIS matters for the United States and interests people because it raises many social issues and makes people understand the necessity of one country to support other nations while preventing them from the social crisis.
Ahlulbayt TV (June 18, 2014). ISIS - Documentary special.
Barkan, S. E. (2010). Sociology: Understanding and changing the social world. Washington, D.C: Flat World Knowledge.
RT (June 18, 2014). ISIS Shiver: Fears Iraq conflict to spill over as Sunni jihadists gain momentum.
Schaefer, R. T. (2011). Racial and ethnic groups (13th Ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Wall Street Journal (June 18, 2014). Iraq: ISIS sparks a Middle East crisis, explained.
WTC Muslim Center (April 9, 2014). Did you know? WTC Muslim Center.