As the civilized world wrestles with the shock of the Jordanian air force pilot’s death by fire, ISIS supporters were seen cheering the gruesome video in a clip shown on Wednesday’s The Kelly File. Megyn Kelly was disturbed by the image of an adolescent boy who, she reported, “would have burned that pilot with his own hands if given the chance. That’s ISIS, right there, the next generation.”
Former Islamic extremist Maajid Nawaz told Kelly that the civilized world needs to prevent this ideology from taking root.
Well, I think, Megyn, it’s primarily we have to focus on prevention. It’s a lot more inefficient to de-radicalize Islamists once they have joined organizations like ISIL. It’s a lot quicker, more efficient, more conducive to results to work to prevent the next generation joining them.
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Nawaz identified the first step to challenging the ideology, which is to call it what it is – Islamic extremism. He offered a comparison to the fictional character in the “Harry Potter” series, Lord Voldemort, whose name wouldn’t dare be spoken by any witch or wizard. Nawaz explained his analogy:
If you can’t name Voldemort, everyone fears him even more. When we don’t name the Islamist ideology, what happens as a result is that people who naturally don’t know about my own religion, Islam, will think it’s the religion that’s at fault itself.
Nawaz, who is now an anti-extremist crusader, said that by naming the ideology, it will isolate the extremists from the rest of the traditional Islam population.
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“But that would require some leadership; and unfortunately, I don’t see too much of that at the moment,” he concluded.
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