Western Muslim Converts And Violent Extremism: Issues And Strategies – Analysis

Last month, the attack on the Canadian parliament was perpetrated by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent Muslim convert while in New York, Zale Thompson, another convert, attacked NYPD officers with an axe. Earlier, in May 2013, two British Muslim converts, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, were convicted of the brutal slaying of Lee Rigby, an off-duty soldier in southeast London.

The motivations behind these acts were personal, and differed from individual to individual. However, what is common is the embrace of a world view that legitimizes acts of extreme violence to achieve objectives that are premised on religious grounds. Was this the result of the convert’s misinterpretation/misunderstanding of religious texts? Or was the convert influenced by radical individuals close to him/her (radical influencers)? Or did violent extremist groups simply appeal to the psyche of the convert?

  • tom_billesley

    We’ve got to find out where they’re getting their violent korans from. It’s obviously not the same edition of koran as brandished by imams when they’re extolling the religion of peace.

  • T.C.

    I will start paying attention to these “analysis” when the writers show they know something about islam. The numb nuts who attacked parliment and the whack-job who had his sudden jihad moment on Dec. 6/89 were not “converts.” They were the product of a muslim father and dhimmi mother. And they would have know right from the start that the child of a muslim father is a muslim. The radicalism was imparted at birth. No conversion necessary, no reversion possible.

  • moraywatson

    The converts misunderstand islam. The kaffir misunderstand islam. The shia misunderstand islam. The sunni misunderstand islam. ISIS misunderstand islam. It goes on and on. Seems like no one is able to understand islam.

    But islam is easy to understand. It is the politics of submission. It is the 14 century old self serving political agenda of mohamed, writ large. It is totalitarianism. And nothing good will every come of it.

  • Frau Katze

    It’s been clear to me for quite some time that some people with a propensity for violence are attracted to Islam because violent Islam has been in the news ever since 9/11.

    Islam has had the violence in it from the start but the heavy news coverage didn’t start till 9/11.

  • If the convert is looking to fill in a spiritual void, what is it in Islam that makes it appealing to that person? I don’t hear converts to other religions resorting to violence and other forms of extremism.

    • moraywatson

      Two part answer.

      Firstly, other religions are actually “religions”. Islam is a political agenda.

      Secondly, true religions elevate one’s sense of self in the course of questioning and pursuing a relationship with one’s maker (and/or the maker(s) of the universe within which one exists). Islam subjugates one’s sense of self to the collective’s requirement to serve the objectives of the maker.

      • Good answers.

        Reading apostates’ accounts, one gets the sense that curiosity is just verboten and that there is an unwillingness to believe that X higher power is capable of doing certain things.

        • moraywatson

          Yes. Islam’s higher power is only able to make peace out of chaos by restricting personal choice. They cannot believe it is possible to have both peace and have personal choice. They cannot believe a higher power would entrust his creation to the foibles of individuals.

          • It’s inquiry that is severely limited. Most religions have philosophies and bodies of thought. That is not present in Islam.

          • moraywatson

            The quran is not a body of thought. It is an agenda. mohamed’s political agenda. (Interpreting the quran as a political agenda makes for simple reading.)

          • It’s a chronologically and theologically incongruous text. This is why Muslims should be demanding a revision or re-interpretation. When’s that going to come?

            (Not holding one’s breath)