ISIS is not only a Middle Eastern menace as radicalism is not based on geography. Just like everything in life, it stems from an ideology, a way of looking at history through a certain lens and a certain narrative. That narrative needs to be our target, not the individuals who are indoctrinated by it.
Taking out the individuals who get involved with violence cannot stamp out radicalism. This action only feeds the narrative of the radicals who seek new recruits and strengthens their hand. Most wars are not fought over shortages of resources but over ideology. Bombing the radical fighters cannot put an end to those organizations. While in 2010, the Obama administration estimated there were “several hundred” al-Qaeda operatives in the Arabian Peninsula, by July 2012, that number had increased to several thousands. By 2014, we know that the number of fighters has increased by tens of thousands. Moreover, during Iraq’s occupation until 2011, al-Qaeda was hit hard by the U.S. but this didn’t prevent ISIS from rising out of the same ideology.
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Taking out the individuals who get involved with violence cannot stamp out radicalismCeylan Ozbudak