Reactions to Manchester Bombing Show How Anti-Muslim Bigots Are 'Useful Idiots' for ISIS
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 24/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20764
How hatred of Muslims is unwittingly an effective tool for ISIS recuritmenent.
If you want to defeat ISIS, listen to former ISIS hostage Nicolas Henin. The group is "heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia [and] drawn to any examples of ugliness on social media," the French journalist wrote in November 2015 in the wake of the Paris attacks. "Central to their world view is the belief that communities cannot live together with Muslims, and every day their antennae will be tuned towards finding supporting evidence."
Get that? Islamophobia plays right into the hands of ISIS. Wittingly or unwittingly, anti-Muslim bigots have become recruiting sergeants for a group they profess to hate and claim to want to destroy. The Islamophobes, to borrow a line from Lenin, are ISIS's useful idiots.