In the search for acceptance, belonging, and purpose in life many brainwashed teens from America and several countries in Europe have fled (or tried to flee) their countries to join the fight with ISIS. FBI Director James Comey reported to CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday that he is keeping track of dozens of Americans that have joined terrorist groups in Syria.
Comey explained the reason why so many troubled teens feel the need to join ISIS. "These homegrown violent extremists are troubled souls who are seeking meaning in some misguided way, and so they come across the propaganda, and they become radicalized on their own, sort of independent study, and they're also able to equip themselves with training, again, through the Internet. And then engage in jihad after emerging from their basement."
That is only part of the problem; the other part is that ISIS is also recruiting kids from the U.S. and various countries in Europe through social media.
What can be done to stop these kids from joining ISIS and other extremist groups? The answer lies in education. Muslim American and European Muslim communities need to educate their youth.
This education process has already begun. While ISIS is using social media for bad, many Muslim communities around the world are using it for good and to speak up. For example, young Muslims in Europe began a campaign called #NotInMyName in order to send a powerful messaged to ISIL: You can no longer terrorize in our name, and in the name of Islam.
In America CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic relations sent out a press release in July 2014 calling on American Imams and other community leaders to continue to speak out against American Muslims traveling abroad in order to join extremist groups.