If you haven’t yet read the Graeme Wood article What ISIS Really Wants from the March 2015 issue of The Atlantic, I’d suggest you take some time (quite some time actually) to do so. While I don’t believe that Graeme fully answers the question implied in the title of his article, it does shed some light on my own misconceptions about ISIS and what it’s really about. There has been a lot of feedback (some 14,000+ comments) on the article itself as well as tweets, Facebook posts, and others all surrounding this article. There were even a handful of followup articles that I haven’t had time to read yet. I’m glad that men like Graeme have taken the time to write about such a polarizing topic.