ISIS & Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker’ Has Something In Common

ISIS & Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker’ Has Something In Common
Joker Carol Verdonck / FlickrCC BY 2.0

In a bid to put the problem of ISIS or ISIL into perspective, U.S. President Barrack Obama compared the notorious terrorist group to a popular villain, Heath Ledger’s the Joker.


Obama, known for being well-versed in pop culture, recently compared ISIS to the Joker, an analogy that sparked mixed reactions around the world. The Joker is the popular nemesis of Batman. To know more about the differences between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an article from the Independent has covered the topic in a brief article.

Obama made the comparison in a featured story with the Atlantic, where he talks about his work as the president of the most powerful nation in the world. The president also talked about some of his toughest decisions that made impact not only in the United States, but also in the entire world.

Somewhere in the middle of the interview, Obama, with the intention of simplifying the dynamics of ISIS and the ecosystem where it thrives, made use of Batman references to make sense of the situation with the ISIS.

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“These are men who had the city divided up. They were thugs, but there was a kind of order. Everyone had his turf. And then the Joker comes in and lights the whole city on fire. ISIL is the Joker. It has the capacity to set the whole region on fire. That’s why we have to fight it,” Obama was quoted as saying by the Atlantic.

Without the need to sugarcoat, Obama said the rise of Islamic States such as ISIS and ISIL into power made it impossible to fix the situation in the Middle East, at least for the next generations to come.