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ISIS ‘strong horse’ attracts Western jihadist

Written By | Aug 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2014 — Shortly after the terror attacks of 9/11, Osama bin Laden released an audio tape for the edification of the Western World.

When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.

Little did he know his prophetic words had more to do with the Islamic State (IS) than with al Qaeda.

The Manchester Guardian reported that a young British national, Hamzah Parvez, posted a video online urging fellow Britains to join him in Iraq to partake in the “golden era of jihad.”

What’s the attraction here?

According to Richard Barrett, senior vice president of the Soufan Group, IS foreign fighters are “disaffected, aimless and lacking a sense of identity or belonging. This appears to be common across most nationalities and fits with the high number of converts, presumably people who are seeking a greater sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.”

In his paper, “Foreign Fighters in Syria,” Barrett noted, “Some may just see the war as an opportunity for adventure and an escape from where they are, with plenty of justification available for going and few arguments against … Few will have much knowledge, understanding, or even interest in the political positions put forward by either side in the war.”

Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, both 22, pled guilty to terrorism charges in a Birmingham court after they were picked up on their return to Britain. The pair had fought eight months as IS fighters in Syria.

Prior to leaving England, they ordered two books from “Arabic for Dummies” and “The Koran for Dummies.”

Birmingham’s Assistant Chief Constable, Marcus Beale, offered sound advice to local parents, laced with typical British understatement,

It’s not easy to know everything that a family member is doing all of the time, but we encourage parents to hold a healthy interest and curiosity in who their children mix with and who seems to hold a strong influence over them.

Some conservative British commentators blame what they call the “feminization” of education for stifling the rambunctious natures of young males expressing what, for them, is only natural. According to Jill Parkin of the London Daily Mail,

What boys are made of is this: tremendous data banks that can recall years of FA [Football Association Challenge] Cup ties in minute detail; lashings of testosterone that needs constant burning off on a sports field; and a hideous competitive streak almost as vital to them as lifeblood itself.

Harnessed in the right way, these raw ingredients can help boys make the most of their education. But far too many of today’s schools try to stifle these instincts in favor of a feminized curriculum that benefits girls in almost every single regard … To put it bluntly, boys now find education boring. It used to be said that the majority of firsts and thirds at Oxford and Cambridge went to boys, while the girls were more likely to get seconds. Why? Because the boys like taking risks – ending either in glorious triumph or disaster. The girls tend to play it safer.

In their book “Manliness and Morality,” J.A. Mangan and James Walvin write,

Perhaps one of the most arresting features of Victorian manliness is the fact that it was a philosophy which, through the printed word and via prestigious and proliferating educational institutions, developed a swift and ubiquitous influence throughout the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ territories.

Well before the Great War [World War I], on both sides of the Atlantic, proponents of the ideal had securely ensconced themselves in dominant positions in society, with the result that between approximately 1850 and 1940 the cult of manliness became a widely pervasive an inescapable feature of middle class existence in Britain and America: in literature, education and politics, the vocabulary of the ethic was forcefully promulgated.

The nanny-states of today’s Western world, awash in nurturing estrogen, micromanage their societies in an attempt to blunt the sharp corners of life.

When President Obama, who has managed the unprecedented expansion of America’s flaccid nanny state, and who guarantees the nation he commands the power to oversee the health and economic well-being of 310 million Americans, was asked how he intends to deal with the Islamic State, threw up his hands. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama admitted.

When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.

For now, that strong horse is the Islamic State.

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Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.