Isis: The Origins of Violence


High above the war zone,

the all-seeing eye of the West

searches out the enemy.

But what do we really know about the


The terrorists claim they are

fighting for Islam.

The vast majority of Muslims, and

Western leaders too...

...insist that they have nothing to

do with Islam.

But who is right?

There is only one way to discover

the origins

of the extreme violence of Isis.

By taking a journey into the past.

My name is Tom Holland.

In 2012 I made a film about the

origins of Islam.

But a lot has happened since then.

It's as if something buried deep in

the past has caught up with us.

Things have been done in the

name of Islam

that I would never have

imagined happening.

I promised myself I'd never go back

there again.

But here I am, going back.

This is our khilafah in all

its glory.

We are men honoured with Islam who

climbed its peaks to perform jihad,

answering the call to unite under

one flag.

This is the source of our glory, our

obedience to our Lord.

So bring it on, all of you.

Your numbers only increase us

in faith

and we're counting your banners,

which our prophets said would reach

80 in number.

And then the flames of war

will find you

and burn you on the hills of death.

Bring it on.

So, we've grown very accustomed to

the ultra-violence of Islamic State

and that's the thing that really

captures the headlines,

it captures our imagination.

So it develops this strategy of

extreme and brutal ultra-violence

in order to try and intimidate its

opponents into saying, well,

we may not get to you today or

tomorrow but if we do,

we'll be so barbaric and

sadistic and horrific

that we just want you to understand

the costs of participation

against us.

It's not just here but right

up here.

We're going to continually raise the

cost of participation.

Isis, even here it fills you with a

kind of horror.

They use this principle

called muathala.

What happens is they don't just burn

him alive in the cage

but at the end of the cage,

a truck comes

and drops rubble on top of the cage

and that rubble and rock

is from a site that they said

he'd bombed.

These atrocities are like

video games.

They've got a kind of script.

Scripts have to start somewhere and

lead somewhere.

My own feeling is that this is

a problem,

and a crisis that will be

around, probably,

for the rest of our lifetime.

We've come to Paris because Isis

come to Paris.

Because Isis have a thing about


They've attacked concert halls and

football stadiums.

They killed the cartoonists of

Charlie Hebdo.

They shot dead a policeman here on

the Champs-Elysees.

But what's all this got to do

with Islam?

In fact, what's it got to do

with Paris?

Isis call Paris the capital of

prostitution and vice.

They call France the home

of the Crusades.

It just seems crazy... .

..all those killings.

It's like fiction.

Something out of The Da Vinci Code.

With every new atrocity they're

sending out a message.

But what is the message? And who's

it being sent to?

You can't help thinking that somehow

the answers are here in Paris.

The streets of Paris have always

been witness to violent crimes.

Up here, for instance, there was a

particularly brutal killing.

A man was seized, a knife was put to

his throat,

and his neck was severed off.

And you could almost say that Paris

begins with this beheading.

But that was long ago in the third

century when Saint Denis,

the first Bishop of Paris, lost his

head here, in Montmartre.

But in those days it was the victims

who were the martyrs.

Today it's the killers who

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