January 19, 2015
On September 26, 2014, BBC News published a story titled, “Islamic State crisis: ‘3,000 European jihadists join fight.’” Many more reports appeared in Western media outlets at the time, asking why ISIS was so appealing to young Western Europeans. Did these young men and women leave for the Middle East because they had suddenly developed murderous intentions toward their own people? It doesn’t make sense.
Two stories that were published just recently about young people who admire ISIS may give us a clearer picture into the mindset of our younger generation. Just a few days after the horrific murders at Charlie Hebdo and the kosher deli, CNN’s Arwa Damon interviewed an ordinary looking French girl in “Skinny Jeans and flowing hair,” as Damon described her. The girl described her admiration for ISIS, and her desire to leave the amenities of Western life for the simplicity and honesty of a devout Muslim.