Islamic State’s macho appeal, not mosques, radicalizes Belgian youth

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Mohamed Abdeslam, brother of Ibrahim Abdeslam, an attacker who died in the Paris assault, places candles on the balcony of his house in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. Photo courtesy of Reuters

Mohamed Abdeslam, brother of Ibrahim Abdeslam, an attacker who died in the Paris assault, places candles on the balcony of his house in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. Photo courtesy of Reuters

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Belgian experts say local imams don't know how to counter street recruiters from the terror group who play up the thrills of fighting in Syria to radicalize youth.

  • Radical imams preaching radical Islam is yet another example of the grievance ideology of the left. Add a socialist economic system that stifles anything above mediocrity and the frustrations that follow….fertile ground for radical preachers of hate…
    This article seeks to place the blame elsewhere, but whether in the street or in the mosques, or on college campuses, stoking grievances while directing blame and hatred toward others is a common trait.

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  • Bingo

    This is the problem with so much reporting: Bending over backward to isolate a problem to a less controversial cause. Machismo is a factor, but why not football or MMA as an outlet? Why not an European subsidiary of Crips and Bloods? The draw, aside from other “duh” factors, is a cause of global religious scale—a worldwide caliphate. Ornate mosque or huddled under a tent in a field, it doesn’t matter where the fires are stoked. It’s the 7th-century view of Islam that’s the 20-ton elephant in the room.

  • Bernardo

    Bingo,

    Well said and so very true!!

  • Actually it is the religious conservative imams causing the problems. They are conservative rightwing, not left. But placing the blame on religion, you got that right.

  • Jack

    Bingo, Bingo! You hit the nail right on the head.

  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    I’m curious about how you arrived at the conclusion that radical religion-based violence is leftist. To me that seems to be the opposite of religious extremism in the US. Aren’t the people who bomb family planning clinics and kill abortion providers right wing extremists? My impression is that people on the left don’t care if you have a religion or not. Am I being naive?

  • Interesting story.

    “In this no-future atmosphere, it is a new outlet for deviant behaviour,” he said. “One which gives them some kind of belonging.”

    The constant recurrence of fascist trends through world history must have a biological component. Humanity must have evolved to behave this way. But why and toward what end? It is nihilism.