Seduced by Islamic State: Areeb Majeed and the glamour of terror

What draws young people to terror?

Is it gullibility? Is it youthful angst? These are some of the questions that Indian experts are struggling to answer as investigators try to understand what drew 22-year-old Kalyan youth Areeb Majeed and his friends to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

What is worrying is that Majeed is hardly an exception. One of the facets of Islamic State that has been grabbing headlines – apart from grisly videos of beheading style executions – is its frighteningly effective recruitment of young men from around the world.

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  • Gary

    If only they would actually read the Quruan in their pocket and see that it’s a religion of Peace and denounces all violence. Oh wait, it WAS reading that same quran that drew him to murdering god’s children as a favour to allah and the crusades for a Global caliphate ruled by the barbaric sharia law that will sanction child-bride pedophilia and murdering gays in public.

    • Frau Katze

      No question that some are psychopaths looking forward to carrying out a beheading. Others may be young kids looking for adventure,

      To be a jihadi warrior, these images suggest, is to be a man. Martial glamour is as ancient as Achilles. It promises prowess, courage, camaraderie and historical importance. It offers a way to matter.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    The most dangerous and feared Ratzi soldaten of WW2 were the 15-18 year old youngsters who were “educated” to hate and kill and inflict pain from early childhood onwards. The fakestinians are being inculcated to a far greater extent. A leopard can’t change its spots. They want to eliminate us. The showdown has already started. Coming soon, to a neighbourhood near you.

  • Mal

    “What draws young people to terror?”

    Crap parents.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    What attracts them? The ability to cast off all societal restraints on their animal instincts while going with a winner. When the best lack all conviction, recruits will reserve their passionate intensity for the worst.