Why are Middle East terror groups successful in recruiting young people? The number of them leaving their home countries for extremist groups and a life of martyrdom is a growing crisis not only in Europe and the United States, but also here at home.
And unfortunately, if disillusioned with the cause, youth who return to their native countries can be arrested on home soil.
The UN Security Council debate on this topic suggests that alienated youth resort to social media in search of belonging and so become recruiting candidates. Such alienation is often at the heart of other youth problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, and, in extreme cases, mass shootings.
Studies show that loneliness and feelings of isolation are increasingly common as social networking replaces face-to-face bonding. Could it be that what young people are urgently seeking is a spiritual connection?Continue Reading