So it is that the Super Soaraway Currant Bun has run an editorial titled “Muslim march”, pontificating “THERE is a simple way for Muslims to denounce the monsters of IS: march through London in massive numbers with placards saying ‘not in our name’ … Muslims have been quick to protest if their faith has come under attack … Yet they have done too little in public to express solidarity with the victims in Paris”.
So let me help the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker by referring them to an article in The Nation by Lydia Wilson, titled “ What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters” and subtitled “They’re drawn to the movement for reasons that have little to do with belief in extremist Islam”. She pitches the key western assumption: “Many assume that these fighters are motivated by a belief in the Islamic State”.
“Erin Saltman, senior counter-extremism researcher at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, says that there is now less emphasis on knowledge of Islam in the recruitment phase”. One interviewed prisoner told “The Americans came … They took away Saddam, but they also took away our security. I didn’t like Saddam, we were starving then, but at least we didn’t have war. When you came here, the civil war started”.