Fa Dao wrote:why is no one taking into consideration islamist ideology as a causative factor? Why is it so hard to believe that there are people that whole-heartedly believe in that ideology? ISIS isnt just made up of people who are pissed off poor people who blame the west for their situation. There are huge numbers of them who are educated and come from middle class and above socio-economic backgrounds.
Oh sure that's part of it, but there are all kinds of ideologies that people kill for. Islamism in that way is no different from what Communism was not that long ago. So pretending that ideology is THE causative factor is silly, very shortsighted, and historically myopic IMO.
Again though, regardless of class, the Islamist dream looks compelling because the alternative is not convincing to these people. It stands to reason that if it were, that would change the dynamic.