FEMALE WARRIORS ➞ WHAT MOTIVATES THEM?
News reports say that, around 20 young women have joined ISIL as wives and fighters. Some experts think this is a result of savvy recruiting techniques by members of the caliphate.
The female terrorists in Argentina were ferocious. Many were cell leaders, some led attacks on the military, the police, and the public. They were extremely active. These young women were not there to have babies, but to kill as many as possible, for the survival of the marxist cause.
There is something to say for the recruiters. A few years ago I met a woman who'd been a militant in the 70s. When I told her I was writing a book, she agreed to talk about the old days, in confidence. Her first words to me were: "I am not proud of what I did."
But as she remembered her comrades, I could see how intense, how involved and proud she became.
She's still impressed, I thought.
I wonder whether this steadfast enthusiasm has to do with the way she was recruited--whether a secret app was installed in her brain and, 45 years later, she still loves the men and women who fought and killed with her.
Adriana Landaburu, Montonero militant, 1976
Psychology. The ISIL recruiters are good at it. They know what young people need.
We can fight terrorism with education, communication. Whichever ion we choose, it must focus on shielding impressionable people from the rhetoric, the lies, the deceit of the recruiters.