The Causes of Islamic Extremism run far deeper than the manifestation we see with ISIS. The franchise model has given these violent ideologies a banner, but the same ideology existed under a different name. The eventual destruction of Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Jemaah Islamiyah, or Abu Sayyaf will have little impact on the recruitment of disenfranchised, angry young men to commit acts of terror in support of extreme or violent ideologies. Take a look at the root causes of terrorism. Gain some insight into what we are currently doing, and what we could do to prevent the spread of violent ideology over the long term!
THE FUTURE OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM INCLUDES:
ISIS – A Case Study in Extremism
Who’s Who in the Zoo of Global Jihadists
The Commonality of Terrorists
How the U. S. Limits Extremism
The Global War on Terror
The Impact of Economic Development
When we look at terrorists and violent criminals, the similarities are astounding. We have the ability to profile people into the category of “At risk for violent or extreme behavior.” We know who perpetrates these acts and in general, we know what propaganda organizations and individuals are using to recruit potential violent actors. If we are to continue to play whack a mole with the leadership of the Islamist terrorist organization of the week, we should expect a very similar result to the what we have experienced in the past. We can expect a slow, expensive drain on our economy that ultimately plays into their hands. There is a place in the “War on Terror” for military force, and our military has done an extraordinary job. Other departments in our government and others have completely failed to address the conditions that drive angry, disenfranchised young males to join extremist organizations. The culture of dependence and unstable governance that is rife in the Middle East is not something military force alone can influence. Take a look at what we can do to address the problem of Islamic Extremism, and terrorism and violent crime at large.