Five Myths about Jihadi Radicalization

"You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth," Winston Churchill famously stated.  The Islamist tiger in the United States is ready to pounce, and until Americans understand this enemy, we cannot even begin to fight back.  Dispelling myths about jihadist radicalization is only the beginning. Myth #1: Poor, uneducated, downtrodden youths are more likely to become jihadists. Many school administrators, local politicians, and community members believe that young adults have a greater chance of becoming jihadists if they hail from an underprivileged, deprived neighborhood.  Their solution is to fundraise for after-school programs and free lunches, believing that this will keep the youth "out of trouble."  This 1960s thinking will not solve the jihadist problem because it is not about money or more programs.  It is about an extreme ideology and belief system. According to a 2016 World Bank study, most...(Read Full Article)

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