ANAL­Y­SIS

Chal­lenge idea of killing for hon­our to break the chain

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS -

EMMA EL-BADAWY,

LIKE all peo­ple, young Mus­lims are in­flu­enced by their so­cial cir­cle.

Friends, neigh­bours, col­leagues and fam­ily are of­ten key de­ter­mi­nants for ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity. So, radicalisation is a so­cial process. Whether on­line or off­line, let there be no doubt that ca­ma­raderie and per­sonal links have built this deadly global move­ment to what it is to­day.

Re­cruiters have mas­ter­fully wo­ven an ultra-sim­plis­tic read­ing of Is­lam with a cru­cially dy­namic nar­ra­tive of griev­ance, in­jus­tice and scape­goat­ing.

Their tar­get au­di­ence is a gen­er­a­tion that have grown up with a spot­light on their faith – a faith and iden­tity they of­ten re­ject, but rarely aban­don.

Knowl­edge of our faith is su­per­fi­cial at best. A fu­ture with­out ter­ror­ism will re­quire a correction of this ig­no­rance.

Ul­ti­mately the suc­cess for the ex­trem­ists who rad­i­calise th­ese young men and women is that they arm them with a sense of un­wa­ver­ing con­vic­tion that an act of vi­o­lence is an act of hon­our.

Chal­leng­ing this con­vic­tion is key to break­ing the chain of ter­ror­ism. A man with any doubt is not the sort of man who tries to kill and maim in­no­cents.

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