Newspaper article MinnPost.com

The ISIS Trap and Islamophobes Falling into It

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

The ISIS Trap and Islamophobes Falling into It

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It's easier, and maybe more pleasing in some weird way, to assume that the vile, hideous attack on innocent civilians in Paris reflects nothing but the deranged bloodthirsty hatred in the heart of ISIS.

Then I read this piece, headlined "The Islamic State's Trap for the Europe," by Harleen Gambhir, a counterterrorism analyst at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War. ISIS seeks new recruits, especially among Muslims living in the West (for alarming but logical reasons). So what might help the recruitments? Lots of things, including social media and promises of paradise and, yes, deranged bloodthirsty hatred might be in there. But one more, emphasized by Gambhir, is an obnoxious backlash by non-Muslim Westerners that disrespects Islam. …

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