Islamic Terrorism vs. Political Correctness

Responding to findings of a recent study on what motivates both ISIS fighters and those who combat them, Arie W. Kruglanski — distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Maryland and former co-director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism — said:

“The ideology component addresses individuals’ need to matter and feel significant. … It tells people what to do, such as fight and make sacrifices, in order to gain respect and admiration from others.”

Kruglanski, whose 2014 article, “Psychology Not Theology: Overcoming ISIS’ Secret Appeal,” argues that religion (in this instance, Islam) plays a smaller part in what makes terrorists tick than “the [human] need for … personal significance.” 

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  • Liberal Progressive

    See, just like the CBC and CNN say, none of these cultural conflicts the alt-right likes to call “terrorism” have anything to do with the peaceful faith of Islam. Violence is due to psychiatric problems! Even a psychologist says so.

    So the best solution to this so-called “terrorism” is millions more in research money for psychologists to come up with psychological solutions!

  • Watchman

    How do you fix this when the iSIS fighters are told by their islamic religion that doing all the horrific acts they did are acts that will raise their personal significance? Islam is defined really by being part of a group which isn’t the enemy ‘other’, instead of bound together by a shared spirituality. There is no communing with a deity, just demands that physical acts of worship are required and physical acts of violence against the ‘other’ are carried out.

    You can’t stop young people’s search for relevancy and search for a feeling of power of the world around them as they grow from dependent children to independent adults. Every culture has this, every mammal has this. You can’t stop it and as long as islam exists it remains an attractive dysfunction and unproductive outlet for it. This is especially true when young muslims discover their expectations of power and wealth meets the results of their families not valuing education nor hard work and so they get angry. It is not the job of the state to supply undeserved wealth, employment and power to try to fix a problem with the culture they come from. To do so is to feed the islamic crocodile, hoping it will eat them last.

  • simus1

    The mindset is a collective one. The competitive pecking order is set by “better muslim than you” forays 24/7. The only outside damper that will influence them to desist is the iron hand in the iron glove.