Kenan Malik recently asked the question this article partially answers (https://kenanmalik.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/the-making-of-wannabe-jihadis-in-the-west) – but only partially. Obviously modern liberal thought doesn’t answer all questions – and to the extent that it does, it needs stronger methods of education/acculturation.
As for the judgment on ISIS, that it will need overwhelming force to overcome – sadly, I see no way around this. Its adherents are well beyond reasoning.
To a secular westerner, ISIS is a conundrum. Why would fellow westerners leave their comfortable, sheltered life, to meet eventual death in a foreign land? Why would any sane woman ever choose to join a movement known for its brutality toward women, whereas in the western world (comparatively) they are left unmolested?
To those who read this blog, my answer is unsurprising: ideology.
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