But again, why France? Part of the answer is the dominant feeling among those 50 per cent unemployed youth that there is no future. This absence of tangible hope is the first cause of radicalisation.
Instead of the common expression “the radicalisation of Islam” we should probably be saying the “Islamisation of radicals”, even when this radicalisation proves to be minimal and shallow.
Isis offers each of these disenfranchised youth an imagined glorious future in the paradise of warriors, allowing them to strike back at what they believe is the origin of their misery.
But there is only one promise kept at the end of the day – death.
This also explains the ultimate expression of the terrorist threat; “lone wolves”, ideal warriors, nearly impossible to detect.
Though they may not be as isolated as we believe, they have become the main actors of what we can call, in the…