Now wait a minute.The Islamic State is just a tiny minority of extremists that has nothing to do with Islam, right? And all Muslims — all of them — hate and despise them, right? John Kerry said it, it must be true! “Isil are like Beatles and British youngsters want to be them, warns prosecutor,” by Tom Whitehead, the Telegraph, April 6, 2015:
Isil jihadists are becoming like the Beatles and other pop idols with British boys wanting to be them and girls wanting to be with them, a senior prosecutor has warned.
Nazir Afzal said “jihadimania” is worse than previously thought and is luring youngsters conned by the image to Syria.
And those who do not managed to travel are a “ticking time bomb” for the security services and police here, he warned.
More than 600 Britons are feared to have travelled to Syria with many joining the terror group Isil.
They include young teenage boys and girls who have either gone to become soldiers or “jihadi brides”.
Isil’s alleged British executioner Mohammed Emwazi was already dubbed “Jihadi John” in reference to the “Beatles” nickname given to him and his fellow British captors by their hostages.
But Mr Afzal said the pop music image is more widespread and risks luring and radicalising many more young Britons.
“The boys want to be like them and the girls want to be with them,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.
“That’s what they used to say about the Beatles and more recently One Direction and Justin Bieber. The propaganda the terrorists put out is akin to marketing, and too many of our teenagers are falling for the image.”
“The extremists treat them in a similar way to sexual groomers – they manipulate them, distance them from their friends and families, and then take them.”
Last week Mr Afzal, who recently stepped down as head of the Crown Prosecution Service in the north-west, warned teachers were not doing enough to help stop pupils heading for Syria.
He said staff were not informing the police about pupils they have been told may try to join jihadists because they did not want them to be criminalised.
He also revealed some head teachers were worried that pupils would take advantage of the Easter holidays to head for the war torn country.
In his latest interview, he warned: “Each of them, if they go to Syria, is going to be more radicalised when they come back. And if they don’t go, they become a problem – a ticking time bomb.”
Mr Afzal said tactics to combat radicalisation needed to change because youngsters did not want to “hear from men with long beards, they don’t want to hear from faith leaders”.
He said Isil should not be pictured in a religious or political dimension.
“The reality is that they’re no more than narcissistic, murderous cowboys.
“We need to stand up and say that very, very clearly, rather than allow kids to be drawn to them like the equivalent of pop idols.”…