Proactive versus reactive response is the only way to stem the flow of impressionable young people into the ranks of jihadist and other terrorist groups. Rather than focusing on the “theology” or lack thereof of the terrorist group, the motivations of the impressionable youth drawn to these groups must be explored and understood.
The lead program in this podcast tells a common story of surrender of conscience to a greater “good” embraced irrationally and impatiently by malleable people in need of a Savior, a Leader, Someone who WILL make their lives better. All they have to do is sign on, vote, donate, or perform some other action for this to happen. If you refuse to join the crowd, bullying, targeted violence, and other tactics promoting impotence and silence can be employed to control the resistant opposition.
In American history Charles Manson and his “family” and Jim Jones and his People’s Temple/Jonestown are two infamous, poignant examples of young lives ruined or terminated by blind surrender of self to an earthly “higher power”. As with modern-day groups this surrender does not happen overnight, but is a process of greater and greater involvement where the ability to escape from the inevitable becomes more and more difficult.
This three-hour podcast has other programs about the United Nations involvement in human rights and promoting world peace. Enjoy!
PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorist of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voice in global debate – http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54735
Roberta A Westerberg, MA