Some blame it on Islam. Some accuse terrorists of using religion for their selfish reasons. No matter what, ISIS radicalization is reality. And the youth is the most vulnerable to the strategic ways of the militant organization.
Australia has spent millions since 2005 to prevent the radicalization of its Muslim population. However, the threat of ISIS seems to be ever growing. The key to counter radicalization may lie in some basics. Here are some.
A huge number of people, who get attracted to extremism, belong to low economic background. They struggle to make their ends meet. They have grown up in a difficult environment, where financial stability is an alien term. Identifying the core problem of the youth can be a major step toward countering extremism. When the youth can use their energy into something positive, the society flourishes.
Many of those who get attracted to religious extremism suffer marginalization in the society. They have a sense of alienation and a feeling of insecurity. The problem may not always lie in the government policy. The issue is more about personal judgments. Many in the society fail to treat everyone equally. They get biased about color, creed, religion and so on. People should think more openly and accept differences as it comes.
Help Them Achieve Their Goal
The government has a more direct way of countering radicalization. Ali Kadri from the Holland Park Mosque in Brisbane believes it’s a wrong approach. He believes the youth gets motivated when people help them do what they like to do.
“But Government doesn’t want to do this; the Government wants to do it their own way, they don’t it see it being effective this way,” The ABC quoted Ali as saying. “Government is saying: we will tell you who to help. And I’m saying: no, the community knows who to help.”
If there is lack of empathy among people, ISIS radicalization in Australia will continue. Religious radicalization may indicate that a part of the society is underprivileged and oppressed.