Fighting back extremism in a fluid security environment
without ever getting rid of the problem per se. While many feel safer to see more police on the streets; however, this is a worrying sign of a mounting issue and losing control.
The role of technology and movement of personnel will make it impossible to isolate Kurdistan from the surrounding global issues, namely extremism. To address extremism in a traditional method the government will target locals involved in the matter. But this will not change the ideology behind extremism nor the system that allowed recruitment. It is important to understand that the prob- lem with extremism is not the people involved in it, but the ideology behind it. To put it simply, ideas are both bulletproof and transcendent to any control method.
Extremists in Kurdistan operate in a subtle way in society and politics deceiving citizens by using a language that gets to emotions, especially when people are vulnerable due to any sort of crisis. Furthermore, having funded institutions that can be exploited to preach extremism is major bonus. Extremists can target educated people through schools as well since the educational system still has loopholes that can be easily exploited.
To counter extremism Kurdistan has to step up and stop funding any institutions or educational programs that might be abused by extremists. In addition to these liberal ideologies and liberals must be empowered in order to restore a natural social balance between conflicting ideologies. To deny extremists a social environment with no competition is the correct way to fight this emerging and sensitive problem.