ISIS -IRA, the radicalization of children

The IRA and ISIS both draw their members from young men, easy to influence, and both organisations were good at marketing, motivating those young men to recruit and instilling fervour when they did.

ISIS-IRA Radicalization of Children

ISIS-IRA Radicalization of Children

In both cases also, the young men came from a diverse cross section of the community. There were the intellectual types who had analysed it all and strongly bought in to the cause, and there were the less intellectual types who understood a more simplified message but really just wanted to be somebody, coming from areas offering little or no chance of life success or and chance of status, for whom picking up an AK47 would make them someone, create at least the illusion of having respect and status.

Paddy Ashdown tweeted: Young UK Muslims joining ISIS; no more typical of Islam than young Catholic men joining the IRA, was typical of Catholicism.

Young UK Muslims joining ISIS; no more typical of Islam than young Catholic men joining the IRA

Young UK Muslims joining ISIS; no more typical of Islam than young Catholic men joining the IRA

In a move reminiscent of Nazi Germany, ISIS, HAMAS and the IRA want to receive, train, and educate hundreds and thousands of children. These children  are the victims of a disturbing form of religious mass-indoctrination. They say there a gap between what we think we know and what we can prove but we see it day and daily in photos like these. What has been less widely understood is that some young people in Northern Ireland are being radicalised at home, by their parents or or other relatives. Ironically the government funds venues where young people are being subjected to the glorification of IRA terrorism.

ISIS-IRA-TERRORISTS

ISIS-IRA-TERRORISTS

If ISIS do manage to achieve some UK terrorism, we’re likely to see opposing paramilitary groups develop and grow. We’re already seeing a few contenders eager to size that role. If it gets badly out of control, it is possible that a Northern Ireland style conflict could result with extremist groups fighting
against each other.

The civilian population would be in the line of fire from both sides. Deaths would encourage young people to join up to have the chance to be heroes, and views can harden quickly, increasing the support base and the size of the community from which recruits can be drawn.

In Northern Ireland, only a small number of men joined up to fight in the IRA, INLA, UDA or UVF, but there was a large community support behind them.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish  Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish
Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism.

“The IRA claimed to be Catholic,” Dolan told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. “They were baptised. They had a Catholic identity.” But, he continued, “what they were doing was a perversion of everything the Church stood for.”

The spiritual leader of New York’s 2.8 million Catholics, Dolan said that likewise, the Islamic State extremists “do not represent genuine Islamic thought,” but are “a particularly perverted form of Islam.”