Support for ISIS in Europe – more people in France support them than in Gaza. What does it all mean? Is the world gone mad?

A very perceptive, timely, and important article by Stephen Yolland.

Well, This Is What I Think

This very important article in Vox, based on Russian research, reveals the staggering level of support for ISIS in Europe, and in France in particular, where one in six people report supporting the extreme terrorist Sunni group that has been slaughtering Christians, Shias, Sunnis who don’t agree with them, and anyone else who gets in their way.

And the level of support rises as respondents get younger.

Very, very worrying. Very, very worrying.

The radicalisation of Islamic youth is one of the most distressing and tragically predictable outcomes of the growth of so-called “identity politics”, which is now playing out throughout the West, and increasingly in a new black-white divide in America, as well. But it would be wrong to see this phenomenon as something unique to young followers of Islam.

Indeed, as one of the sources quoted in the article remarked:

The rise of identity politics has helped create a more…

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2 Responses to Support for ISIS in Europe – more people in France support them than in Gaza. What does it all mean? Is the world gone mad?

  1. I am concerned that just going in and bombing them will merely breed the next generations ‘haters.’ I don’t have any easy answers, but I somehow fear all this started with the Russians senseless invasion of Afghanistan, and each new incursion by the Western powers has served to make the situation ever worse and more poisonous. I do not have any solutions, but when I read, as I still do, about the Gaza and West Bank situation, and the reciprocal hatreds that has produced, I think “How can we reduce the temperature and not raise it. Nothing is more important than that.”

    • gwpj says:

      Exactly, Peter. Sad to say, Western powers (especially the U.S.), focused as they are on military solutions, don’t seem to understand how to reduce the temperature. I’m minded of the old saying: “When all you have is a hammer, everything you see is a nail.” Historian John Dower’s most recent book, “Cultures of War” is an in-depth study of how this developed and how useless it is when it comes to solving problems and reducing temperatures. Utterly maddening.

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