Can France’s New ‘Stop Jihadism’ Counterterrorism Program Prevent Westerners From Joining ISIS?

“Our son lived in a very privileged atmosphere. He liked music, he liked sports, he did sketch comedy,” said Veronique, a blonde white woman, speaking from her apartment in Paris. “And then one morning he leaves for Germany, and then from Germany he never came back.”

Veronique, identified only by her first name in a video released Wednesday by the French minister of the interior, is one of many parents of an estimated 1,500 French youths who have left the country since 2011 to rejoin the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Her story, part of a new ad campaign to prevent terrorism called “Stop Jihadism,” is aimed at discouraging radicalization of French youth, something that authorities customarily approach through policing. But France still has more people joining ISIS than any other Western European nation, and experts caution that the country’s latest tactics alone will not stop radicalization.

  • canminuteman

    “Western youth” are not joining ISIS (well maybe the odd western psychopathic murderer is). Muslim youth from the west are just getting back to their roots. Given the huge muslim population in France it is no surprise at all that more people are going from France than any other Western country. The people who write this tripe are willfully blind or short bus special.

  • The reality about Islam is – it is simply numbers.

    Take any group of people. Teach them the hatred of Islamic theology and a small number of them will believe the crap.

    The number of believers does not need to be large. Once you have a small number of people who are willing to kill, a lot of others will go along because of fear.

    Think of this. You are on a cruise ship. There are 5,000 people on board. If only 1% of the passengers are willing to sink the ship if you do not convert to Islam, would you convert?

    That is Islam.

  • simus1

    Turning twisted, hollow, morality absent young people into evildoers is almost as difficult as forcing a starving tiger to eat.

  • John

    Can France’s New ‘Stop Jihadism’ Counterterrorism Program Prevent Westerners From Joining ISIS?
    The only effective anti-jihadist methods invented all involve firepower.

  • Everyone Else

    I’m glad France has the experience to accurately label the problem “jihadism” and not “terrorism”.