From non-religious families to ISIS

It turns out that 80% of the French citizens who joined ISIS come from non-religious families.  These converts to Islam and jihadism describe it in terms of religious liberation, a putting away of meaningless materialism to find personal meaning and transcendent purpose.  Can it be that human beings have an innate need for transcendence, and that suppressing and denying the religious impulse causes it to break out in extreme, violent, and twisted forms?

Ross Douthat discusses the phenomenon in the New York Times. [Read more…]

F.B.I. is treating San Bernadino shootings as terrorism

The married couple that killed 14 people and wounded 21 at a center for the disabled in San Bernadino, California, had jihadist connections.  The shooting might have elements of workplace violence, since the male assailant worked there and apparently was angered at a Christmas party, but the FBI is handling the case as a counterterrorism investigation. [Read more…]

The Mafia will protect New York from ISIS

ISIS is so bad that normal “bad guys” are against them.  The Mafia has announced that it will help protect New York City from ISIS. [Read more…]

Al Qaeda vs. ISIS

An Al Qaeda suicide bomber killed six ISIS leaders, including the leader of the Golan Heights faction.  It turns out, the two terrorist organizations have a bitter rivalry and have been battling each other in Syria. Al Qaeda has been eclipsed by ISIS in the public perception of the West, but reportedly wants to re-establish its pre-eminent role in the jihadist movement. [Read more…]

The misguided explanations of ISIS

You have got to read Mollie Hemingway’s Federalist piece 16 Of The Worst Ways To Respond To ISIS’ Paris Attack.

Read every word.  After the jump is a sample, a Facebook post she quotes. [Read more…]

Christians won’t qualify as victims of genocide

An upcoming State Department report will charge ISIS with genocide against the Yazidis, a small ethnic group in Syria.  But it will not use that term to describe the ISIS efforts to eradicate Christians.  “If true,” says Nina Shea, “it would reflect a familiar pattern within the administration of a politically correct bias that views Christians — even non-Western congregations such as those in Iraq and Syria — never as victims but always as Inquisition-style oppressors.” [Read more…]


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