How to beat ISIS recruiters

ONE MAN

He was a tradesman and not very religious one
He was a tradesman and not very religious one
when he met her at a cafe and they began dating in private.
when he met her at a cafe and they began dating in private.
she was a happy Lebanese-Australian living in the highly formal culture in south west Sydney
she was a happy Lebanese-Australian living in the highly formal culture in south west Sydney
She liked him, he was Muslim like her but didn't know too much Arabic
She liked him, he was Muslim like her but didn't know too much Arabic
nor did he pray or read koran
nor did he pray or read koran
in a culture where learning the words of the Islamic holy book by heart  is seen as the must
in a culture where learning the words of the Islamic holy book by heart is seen as the must
They had been just two young innocent happy Australians who loved their families
They had been just two young innocent happy Australians who loved their families
Suddenly he changed, he became more serious and told her he wanted to learn more about his faith.
Suddenly he changed, he became more serious and told her he wanted to learn more about his faith.
He began attending lectures at the local mosque and she believed he is maturing and becoming more empathetic
He began attending lectures at the local mosque and she believed he is maturing and becoming more empathetic
It was there that a man buddied up to him, calling him "brother'
It was there that a man buddied up to him, calling him "brother'
in retrospect attempting to gauge how susceptible he was to recruitment by Islamic State.
in retrospect attempting to gauge how susceptible he was to recruitment by Islamic State.
Today he is still in Sydney and in touch with the right people , including one respecting sheik who is helping to guide him away from Islamic State.
Today he is still in Sydney and in touch with the right people , including one respecting sheik who is helping to guide him away from Islamic State.
It gets him emotional, all the things your moral compass tells you not to do, you feel you have to do.
It gets him emotional, all the things your moral compass tells you not to do, you feel you have to do.
He looked at her and she replied, it gets me emotional too, I have been ready to cheat and lie and spy and swear and emotionally blackmail you, I have been willing to give up part of me to keep you.
He looked at her and she replied, it gets me emotional too, I have been ready to cheat and lie and spy and swear and emotionally blackmail you, I have been willing to give up part of me to keep you.
Putting it bluntly she said, Islamic state brainwashed you and I filled your mind with questions now it is time to make your own mind:)
Putting it bluntly she said, Islamic state brainwashed you and I filled your mind with questions now it is time to make your own mind:)

ONE WOMAN

In the days

before

his flight

was due to leave

for Syria

he followed

cautiously

an encrypted message

on his mobile

how to shave his beard

and cut his hair

to blend in

with other travellers.


He was ready

he was prepared

what the terrorists

could not expect

was his girlfriend

who had seen

her boyfriend's

airline tickets


Having already lost

a family member

who was killed

fighting

for Islamic State

she refused

to let it

happen

again.


One day

before

her boyfriend's plane

was due

to leave

late last month

she burst

into

her local

Flight Centre

distressed

in tears

she begged them

to use their phone.


Knowing

the office's number

would appear

on his boyfriend's mobile

she put on a false accent

and told him

the flight

had been cancelled.


"I hate the word

radicalisation,"

she says today.

" But I knew

if he crossed

that line,

he was going to kill

other people."


It was the last act

in a year

tug - of -war

between one woman

and Islamic State.

With the group

reliant

on the flow

of foreign fighters

to continue

its bloody occupation

in the Middle East,

it is tiny

domestic conflict

such as this

that represent

today

the frontline

of the war

on terror

being

fought

across

the world.


You are only one

the only one woman

but you are not

alone...


But at that

moment

she felt isolated

forced

to lead

a double life

a tradeswoman

by day

she spent

her nights

following

her boyfriend

around.


They started to have

arguments

about religion

they never had before

the concept of jihad

he interpreted

as meaning 'holy war'

set alarm bells

ringing

in her mind.


It was an almost

impossible

struggle

"He wanted to do it

for love,

he would kill

for the love

of Allah."


I wanted to create doubt

I wanted

to grab him

by his feet

and beg him

to love me

more

than he loved

killing

somebody

else.


TODAY

They are not

together

any more

and she still

misses him

but she remains

passionately

convinced

she did

the right thing.




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Comments 7 comments

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somethgblue 10 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

All life is sacred and any teachings that require one to kill, be it animal or man cannot be considered spiritual.

"Rebellion is when you turn off your TV (the most seductive mind-control device ever invented) and start educating yourself and thinking for yourself."

Consider that almost every single show or movie on TV includes killing, including comedies and animation then one can see how easily a mind is conditioned to solving problems by killing. When the solution to any problem is death, people's minds becomes numb to violence.

Love is the most powerful force in the Universe, perhaps the hardest lesson is to learn to love oneself.

This is an interesting take on a problem that conflicts many families as young minds are so easily manipulated by emotional dogma.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

There must be something terribly wrong in a persons life that would turn them into a killer of innocent people. Thought provoking topic.


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Say Yes To Life 10 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

HEAVY!!!

I was in a cult once. It was a Christian cult, and not an extreme one like this, but it did put my life in danger.

That was 20 years ago, but I still examine what made me join the cult. Most people emerge feeling really stupid, and it's far more prevalent than people realize, so this is a very important question.

Anyone can be drawn into a cult. It usually happens when they're at a crossroads in life, where the old rules don't apply anymore and they're looking for something solid. Cults provide instant family and camaraderie, and their authoritarian nature takes away the uncertainty of having to make important decisions. However, the price is high; it could even lead to being made to commit crimes, as what happened to the young man in this poem.

More and more, I believe the best protection against cults is to educate yourself about various religions and be open-minded about them. Realize no one has Absolute Truth; all religions are figuring out how the universe works, and one is no better than another.

I agree that rebellion is wrong; the rebel is tacitly saying that religion is Absolute Truth or else they wouldn't be rebelling against it. The correct - and far scarier - path to take is to consider other points of view.

Voted up!


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alancaster149 10 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Christianity, Islam and Judaism are all branches of the same faith. Ostensibly they're religions that proffer the olive branch, history has taught us differently... all the way to the present day. Militants interpret them differently to doves but the 'job description' is the same.

ISIS (and its other ascribed identities) would have us back in the Middle Ages with its views on things like rights, and then on the other hand the Anglican Church is tearing itself apart on gay priests and bishops. ISIS would have them thrown off minarets.

There's fear behind the mask.


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Beata Stasak 10 months ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for all your valuable responses my fellow hub writers and yes thank you for understanding me....I just wanted to walk in other person shoes from a different faith and different background and what they are dealing with and what they are scared off and why...why we humans end up doing what is against our moral or human compass to do...to hate and to kill...yes all religions stem from the same desire to love God and through him all the human beings around and whole life and yes the three main religions that fight with each other the most in the today world comes from the same branch...the same family...it is truly fighting among siblings that come from the same family but we are blind to it...

I think the only way we can open our eyes and truly see who we are and what we are doing to each other is empathy and being able to wear someone's else shoes at least for once...

That is all I aspired to do with my hub here thank you...B


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agusfanani 10 months ago from Indonesia

A touching story and make me sad why there should be killings using religion as a mask which actually teaches its believer to love others.


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Beata Stasak 10 months ago from Western Australia Author

Yes it is sad and it is hard to understand but every conflict in human mind or heart has started for a reason and until we try to reach there and find out why....until then we never be wiser and the world will never be peaceful...we have to try...

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