Last week a local man pled guilty to federal charges of attempting to provide support to the terrorist group known as ISIS. According to an FBI press release, “Leon Nathan Davis, 37, of Augusta, Georgia, pleaded guilty earlier today to … attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, specifically the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL.)” Of course we all know “ISIL” is the American government’s official designation of what most of the world calls “ISIS” (the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”)
Another article, one found on WRDW’s web site, adds “[Davis] said he planned to be an English translator or recruiter.” While he may or may not have been of much use to ISIS in either of these capacities, there is no doubt that many Westerners are working for these terrorists in capacities of this nature. We’ve heard statements by officials at various levels opining that ISIS is winning the propaganda war and it is estimated that there are thousands of Westerners working and fighting for ISIS.
ISIS recruits, men and women, come from many countries. Some may be young “idealists,” some adventure seekers, or some may just be religious zealot wannabes. One CNN article, on “The Women of ISIS,” estimates the number of western women who may have joined at 550.
What do these women have to look forward to? Probably not what they expect—definitely not what an American woman would want, unless her idea of a good life includes being “owned” by her husband, being a second class citizen, sharing her husband with other wives and having a public wardrobe of the “Burka,” variety, a head to toe mask covering every part of the woman’s body with a half inch slit to enable her to see.
Male recruits may have a better time of it. They will definitely get to fight. If getting into the American Military was a problem for them, ISIS will give them a better deal. Until, that is, they are needed on the front lines. Could “martyrs wanted” be a good recruitment tool? Not in this reporter’s book.
As for becoming a thief, the first thing that happens whenever a city is captured is its banks, with all their deposits, are “liberated.” I guess this qualifies the fighters for their roles as thieves. The question is, having made the “liberation,” do you suppose the money from the bank is then divided up? Two probabilities, my friends: Slim is one; none is the other. The money will go to the “cause,” as administered by its “Humble Leaders.” Say something against this, and you could instantly go from fighter to captive status. Want to see a beheading? Not from the standpoint of an American “captive,” my friend.
How about that “rapist” thing? Well, again it depends upon taking over that city. Once this is done, there will be those who just do not meet the criteria of the “ISIS Leadership” as being good Moslem women (regardless of their religious status,) and, well, boys will be boys. There will be no one crying “rape” in the end, anyway since there will be plenty of executions to eliminate those unwanted elements from the citizenry.
And, murderers? Well, it’s a matter of viewpoint. If you’re with ISIS, and on the winning side at the time, what you have done is what was necessary to further the goals of ISIS. If you’re not with ISIS, and you’re on the losing side, then, my friend, you are just another casualty of war (ISIS’ war.)
So, if you find things are not what you want them to be, maybe you should get on the internet and “talk” with a few good ISIS recruiters. They will tell you employment opportunities are available. They will tell you how Allah wants you to join them. They will extol the benefits of getting on board with their organization on the ground floor. Be sure to check out possible twitter and Facebook contacts for ISIS connections. We would supply sites that you should visit but that would imply we wanted you to find them. It would also imply we wanted to have these web sites in various records of our computer’s use (which we definitely do not!) Be assured—you will be able to find them. Good luck, Pilgrim. Good luck in finding someone to help you with your problems, whatever they may be. No American would ever consider joining ISIS lacking a load of personal problems, that is for sure.
And, “Kids,” if you do find yourself being courted by any ISIS internet recruiters, and you think you would like to discuss any of their promises with someone who might just know what you could be getting yourself into, perhaps a government agency might be the place to go, right?
Not necessarily. Where to go is the main question. After spending over an hour looking over a Homeland Security site and an ICE site (including a number of related sites from each of these), we still do not have any suggestion about where a “Kid” (like our 37 year old Augusta, Georgia man) might go to get help about what they are being told or what they might consider doing.
One site that does discuss what our government could be doing, though, (found on the Homeland Security web site, by the way) is a report commissioned by the Danish government titled “COUNTERING THE APPEAL OF EXTREMISM ON LINE.” One applicable comment (to our government) found in this report is the “Say-do gap” which is defined as: “Say-do gap: governments communicate more through what they do rather than what they say. Saying one thing and doing another merely reinforces the extremists’ messages.” Based on our experience with the Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) web sites, we’d say our governmental officials, at least the ones concerned about our citizenry’s support of ISIS, should implement the suggestions in this report.
Until this is done, perhaps a Google search of the terms “before you join isis” might be helpful: The first four of 84 Million returns were: 1) “Here’s What ISIS Recruits Ask Before Joining Up for Jihad;” 2) “What is ISIS’ appeal for young people?” 3) (We suggest you not go to 3. It just loaded, and loaded lord knows what.) “Not all Muslims plot to join ISIS, kill Americans, etc;” 4) “Join ISIS, marry a Jihadist.” Try these sites if you wish. First be sure your anti-virus program is up to snuff.
In any case, as always, thank you for visiting atombash.com, and thanks for your interest in Environmental News in Augusta, including this posting discussing one real cancer in the ever changing political environment we Americans, unfortunately, must accept as part of our lot.