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Yes - but I suspect that such young Muslims get most of their information directly from radical sources. They are much less likely to believe to what the BBC says. My worry is that the Westerners whose countries are fighting this must understand the threat as it is. If you are calling Nidal Hasan's massacre "workplace violence", you completely misunderstand and misrepresent the nature of the threat, and I can't believe that you can fight it efficiently.






I think you underrate the strength of Western mass media. Of course the BBC alone won't do it. On the other hand if the mass media in generally frames Daesh in terms of kidnapping instead of in terms of religion that's beneficial.
Not every Imam in the UK wants that members of his congregation go to fight for Daesh. There are quite a few voices in that community that don't want to support Daesh but who do want to practice true Islam.

The main lesson you can draw from the fact that recruits are driven to Daesh by religious reasons is that it's not good to treat Daesh as being mainly about religion but instead highlite the nonreligious elements of the conflict.

To the extend that it's about religion it's also vital to understand that it's Sunni Islam. When Saudi Arabia and Israel complain about the fact that without sanctions stronger Shia Iran will be stronger, it vital to keep that in mind.

Seeing Daesh as Muslim doesn't help you understand how the deal with Iran helps against Daesh.
It also doesn't drive people to advocate to help Bashar al-Assad retake control over all of Syria, which would be the action to take if fighting off Daesh is the top priority.

The bombing of the IRA didn't end through framing the conflicts as being Catholics against the English Church. It ended partly through victims of attacks suing perpetrators in courts and the perpetrators losing their social support. All the focus on religion in that conflicts didn't help with the solution.
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