We are shocked by the number of young people from Western backgrounds joining ISIS, we tell ourselves. Often times these are the sons and daughters of immigrants from Muslim states, and somehow this lessens the impact of the blow… We are able through these stories to further other the Muslims living among us, and we are able to somehow ascribe to them all some nefarious, radical Islam that is working against us. But I think many of us, still, are not that shocked, and we are reluctant to admit that there is more going on than what is seen at the surface.
Part of the confusing story runs below:
Dozens of French teenagers, including a young Jewish girl, have fled the country to join Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq, French intelligence has revealed.
On the day she left for Syria, Sahra strode along the train platform with two bulky schoolbags slung over her shoulder. In a grainy image caught on security camera, the French teen tucks her hair into a headscarf.
Just two months earlier and a two-hour drive away, Nora, also a teen girl, had embarked on a similar journey in similar clothes. Her brother later learned she’d been leaving the house every day in jeans and a pullover, then changing into a full-body veil.
Neither had ever set foot on an airplane. Yet both journeys were planned with the precision of a seasoned traveler and expert in deception, from Sahra’s ticket for the March 11 Marseille-Istanbul flight, to Nora’s secret Facebook account and overnight crash pad in Paris.
The actual bedroom of one of the teen girls off to join the company of ISIS
The teenagers travelling to join ISIS come from all walks of life, and although most are first and second generation immigrants from Muslim countries, many come from white French backgrounds.
Despite ISIS repeatedly expressing of deep hatred of Jews, there was even a Jewish girl, according to a security official who spoke anonymously because rules forbid him to discuss open investigations.
What brings teenagers raised in largely moderate homes and a Jewish girl to the ranks of ISIS?
The Daily Mail would have you believe that there are incredible recruiting networks that are able to pull in the youth through brainwashing, but let’s be frank with ourselves… It may be easy to convince a few, random loners to leave their homes, but certainly there is something else at work here when we are seeing Western youths measured in the hundreds (if not thousands) turning their backs on our societies and exiting.
The fact is that there is something else that pushes them away from our society, and takes away all desire for the children of Muslim immigrants to assimilate, and it is something that many of us Western kids felt even in our youths as non-Muslims.
There is a stench of decay — a stench particularly present among the youth, who are the most vulnerable to the promotions of pop culture. Drug abuse, sexual indulgence and materialism are always things that strike hard when we are younger and their grip on us loosens as we age and become more mature — one cannot help but imagine that such an influence, as it has increased in America & Europe and is veritably being promoted through pop culture, has had a profound affect on the psychology of young people. Thus, radical rebellions against this are popping up, and some are even going so far as to join ISIS.
This is something that is ultimately predictable, and has been predicted, by historians before us. The idea that when there is a cultural decay within the society, and the values of it slip away, the society gains more friction and more division, as well as becomes weak and splintered. One portion of the society indulges in drugs, another in sex, another in alcohol ,another in food and gluttony; and as the individual stands alone against the burgeoning swell of forces around them, they seek out cults and radical expressions to affirm some sense of meaning.
There is no graspable identity to being Canadian, American, French or Australian anymore, and there is no sense of mission or purpose. What there is, though, is a profound sense of meaninglessness that comes from being left to one’s own devices in a society that believes in liberty and diversity, and in this vacuum only a sense of indulgence and materialism has become prominent.
There really is no surprise that people would choose to not be Canadian, American, etc., and would rather choose to be something that is a strong manifestation of identity or meaning, and for some people this involves membership in a subculture and still for others it has meant even going so far as to join radical organizations like ISIS. Ironic though it may be, one of the things that propels forward both the far right groups throughout USA & Europe is the same that popularizes Islamic extremism.
The phenomena is only going to continue and worsen until the time where a major cultural overhaul and reevaluation occurs in the soul of Western civilization.
All we can really do is sit and wait. But let’s not be surprised…
Given a choice between being a 21 year old regular Parisian, Londoner or New Yorker whose existence consists of empty materialism, drug abuse, sex and ‘seeking mammon,’ or being a person with a mission, a cause, and a purpose… What would you choose?
Some can find meaning through the military or their Church group, but for some the postmodern society is so repellent that only those subcultures which are extreme rebellions can offer up any solace.
The lesson is: when we give no sense of great meaning or cultural identity to our youth they are bound to seek it out elsewhere, and in an expression that might be upsetting.