Why are Muslims leaving the safety and comfort of Europe and joining ISIS?

This is the best article I’ve read yet about why young people are leaving Europe to join ISIS. And it’s written by the former Pakistani Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed — a man who’s written more than a dozen award-winning books, including “Discovering Islam,” and he’s been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC.

Here’s the article: Why are European Muslims joining ISIS? (For those who don’t know, ISIS is so radical that it not only regularly beheads and executes people, it’s also killed 120 of its own members who wanted to quit and go home.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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8 thoughts on “Why are Muslims leaving the safety and comfort of Europe and joining ISIS?

  1. Hmm? Not so sure about this. Seems like everybody has the feeling that poor neighborhoods and misunderstanding there of, is the problem. The other one is: do it for the children–Several years sgo the football stadium for the Cardinals came up for a vote for more taxes to pay for it–The selling point was the kids will have a good place to play football and base ball. No One in their right mind should believe that a professional stadium is going to allow kids to use it. But, alas, the vote passed, taxes went up and kids are not allowed to use it. Let’s be realistic, Muslims are taught that other religions are to be punished or destroyed. The do not like other religions.


    1. Hey 1stSgt,

      Great hearing from you and appreciate the comment! I think we’re on different pages regarding what Muslims are taught, but I am continuing my study of the religion, the tribes, and the extremists.

      Right now, my view is that tribalism plays a much larger role than we as Americans generally accept. (Or even know about.)

      “… 18 of the 19 hijackers responsible for more than 3,000 deaths in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania in the 9-11 attacks were Yemeni tribesmen. And Osama bin Laden, who was born in Yemen, referred to tribal concepts in his rhetoric. According to bin Laden’s bodyguards, 95 percent of Al Qaeda’s members were Yemeni tribesmen…”


      In the end, it’s the extremists that we need to understand and counter.


  2. In this country we have been fighting against Islam / Muslims ever since
    the founding of our country. Thomas Jefferson found that out when he tried
    negotiate a treaty with the Barbary Pirates, 1805 to 1815, send in the Marines and the U.S. Navy. They are the same people in 1805 and now with ISIS, they will not honor any treat, there are no moderate Muslims, if they
    believe in the Koran.


    1. Hey Bruce,

      Great to hear from you. You know I have the highest respect for you, but I believe we’ll have to agree to disagree about whether there are moderate Muslims or not.

      I will agree that there have always been fanatics, but I think the number — or lack there of — of attacks from Muslims in America bear out that there are plenty of moderates. In fact, back during the first gulf war with Iraq, I had this great book idea where I was worried about internal terrorism from first generation Iraqi’s.

      So, I researched how many Iraqi men were ALREADY in the United States, and as I remember, there were just over 200,000 males between the ages of 14 and 45 who had been born in Iraq and lived in cities across the United States. So, these men could presumably be loyal to Iraq for my book.

      So my book idea was this… You have literally an army of 200,000 male Iraqis inside the United States, where it wouldn’t be hard to get their hands on weapons. How scary is that? I saw a huge paycheck for a great and frightening book.

      Only one problem though… In the six months or so that I tried to research this, I couldn’t find a single instance of anything happening. Or even possibly happening with these men.

      Worse, I soon met and got to know a Muslim with whom I could ask some hard questions. He had made some almost anti-American comments, so I felt I could press him a bit and discuss this book idea.

      What I soon found out from both him, and other Muslim friends of his that I met, is this: The vast majority of these Muslims left the Middle East and other Muslim countries for a reason. They think the religious fanatics there are nuts. They love America and fear for their old homelands if the extremists take over.

      I just say all of this to add some perspective. I’m not saying things don’t happen, but I’d love to see the rate of internal attacks if that number was pulled together. My strong belief is that it is VERY low.

      Semper Fi, Brother,


  3. Hey Stan, disagreeing is a good thing. Out of this disagreeing comes
    understanding of ones position, a step towards compromise.
    Semper Fi, My Brother


  4. There is little doubt that the ambassador is correct in his perceptions of how Muslims are seen and treated in Europe. I’d like to think things are better for them here in America; for example, we did not invite a large influx of immigrants post-WW2, as many European nations did. But I also think the problem is more deep-seated than that. In their own native Muslim-dominant countries, the average Muslim is educated in ways that would make most Americans aghast. A few years ago my wife and I visited the Middle East. One day in Egypt our tour guide was a young, college-educated Egyptian woman. We were on a long bus ride so she and I had a chance to engage in conversation. Her misconceptions about America were stunning. Our history, our form of government, virtually everything about us, which she had been taught by their school system, the university and of course their popular culture, was seriously off-kilter. For example, one of her questions was, “Why did you drop atomic bombs on Japan? Was that not the ultimate terrorist act?” She had no idea about the context that led to that decision.


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