Thursday, November 14, 2013

Muslim teenage boys in Europe feel pressured to go to Syria to fight

Young men in Germany and perhaps other western European countries are responding to calls from radical Islamic imams to travel to Syria and join rebel groups righting Assad,  according to a story in the Washington Post Tuesday, November 12, 2013, by Michael Birnbaum and Souad Mekhennet, link here. Parents sometimes go to Syria to try to find them and bring them back.  It’s very interesting to me that radical Islamic culture is so strong that young men feel compelled to enlist to fight “other people’s battles”.   Yet, I can remember a little cultural pressure like that when I was growing up.  

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