…I’m here to ask them about why they think some of their peers may want to go to Syria.
Islamophobia and the media representation of their community are quickly singled out as potential reasons: “I think this is the main problem,” one says.
“This country does not accept Islam for what it is. They’re stereotyping it.”
Another quite bluntly says: “ISIS wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t Islamophobia.”
“What’s the point of creating an extremist group if you don’t feel like you’re being attacked?”
They slowly delve a bit deeper to explain why, despite the universal experience of Islamophobia as they perceive it, only some young people want to go…
And ‘Islamophobia’ explains why there are Islamic State fighters from every Muslim country in the world. It also explains why non-Muslims convert just to joint IS. Logic fail. Major whine, pity party.