“Between the soccer practices and the hours at her accounting job and the potlucks with the neighbors, Christianne Boudreau spent every spare minute watching Islamic State videos, her nose pressed up against the computer screen[.] … Through the screens and behind the balaclavas, she was looking for her son’s eyes.”
If only Christianne had been aware of the signs, processes, and ideology of Islamic indoctrination before her son, Damien, disappeared. If only more parents were knowledgeable about predatory recruiters who seek to promote extremist jihadi values to curious and naïve teens. Then perhaps the parents of three girls ages 15, 16, and 17 from an upper-class neighborhood in Denver would have recognized the signs before the girls stole away from high school to join ISIS. Newlyweds from Mississippi who thought it would be cool to celebrate their honeymoon by serving ISIS would not be serving time instead. An American mother of three, in Chicago, who woke one morning to find a letter, instead of her children, might have stopped them before they left to join ISIS.
Salafi-jihadism is described by convicted terrorist Anjem Choudary: “Next time when your child is at school and the teacher says, what do you want to be when you grow up? What is your ambition? They should say, to dominate the whole world by Islam.” Like gangs and cults, radical Islamism justifies acts of violence by using subversive messaging and brainwashing techniques. Studies show that radicalization could happen to anyone, not just the mentally ill, petty criminals or society drop-outs, but average Americans. How can American parents tell if their child is under the influence of a cunning jihadi recruiter? read more