First Published in DelawareLiberal on Sept. 29, 2014 by ProgressivePopulist
IS (variously ISIS, ISIL) has recruiting centers set up, employing
sophisticated social media to lure desperate young people from middle
eastern countries with youth unemployment rates as high as 29%.
rate is reported by the International Monetary Fund. Ironically, IMF's
own lending policies encourage cut backs in social safety nets to aid
those young people.
Analysts I am reading suggest that in addition
to recruiting psychopaths and what the New Republic calls True
Believers in Jihad, a significant group if not majority of IS foreign
fighters in Iraq and Syria are unemployed youth in the most significant
numbers from Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt. The Soufan
Group's work indicates these countries are the biggest sources of
foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. add to that list Saudi Arabia as a
large fighter source.
Ironically, these same countries, excluding
Saudi Arabia, are recipients of IMF loans requiring squeezing social
welfare budgets to pay interest and repay loans. These young recruits
are paid $1,000 per month by an estimate from Jordanian government
sources; one study reported pay as high as $150 per day. This is huge
money for people in this region.
Another irony; many of these same
IMF borrowers with depressed economies offering little opportunity to
their young are now members of the Coalition of the Killing joining us
in the fight to wipe out IS. Yes, to wipe out their youth who departed
their borders for better "opportunities". Add to those being wiped out,
about 2,500 disillusioned westerner youth to be wiped out by our
western members of the Killing Koalition.
These kids, becoming
themselves hardened killers on the battlefield are led by seasoned
warriors and Sheikhs from Sunni tribes and former Baathists cut loose by
Bush and Bremer. Some were later hardened in Abu Ghraib by General
Sanchez and then released to seek retribution against us.
again, just like Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, our misjudgements come back to
haunt us. And the world is looking to us for solutions according to
President Obama? We are the "Indispensable Nation"? They actually want to be led by us again with this
track record? I kind of doubt that, with all due respect Mr. President.
one fact is obvious. Figuring into the mix of solutions for the
degrading and possible containment of IS for those most affected, the
middle eastern countries most threatened is much work to be done on
their economies to provide a future for their young people.
certainly have a full plate of our own to restore opportunity for our
young Americans. Maybe we should work on that and if successes are
experienced, shared with our middle eastern allies. Then maybe we
wouldn't have to send our youngsters off to kill and be killed and our
allies wouldn't have to join us in killing their young.
to me that in the mix of possible fixes for this is a reexamination of
our role with many of these countries in enabling their governing and
economic crises, juxtaposed with the immense wealth created within the
companies engaged with the despots ruling these lands. A lot of it
carbon extraction related. Maybe some of that wealth could be employed
to fix what we broke in these far off lands.