Recently when speaking to someone about President Obama I asked why the person didn’t like him. They told me that they didn’t know much about his policies, they just don’t like him. Everything they said about him came from conspiracy theory sights. They don’t like him for several reasons, the first being his color. This person doesn’t believe in Immigration Reform, kick them out is their answer and his support for Same Sex Marraige.
This is a very common theme amongst conservatives. They complained about the Unemployment Rate, he lowered it and it wasn’t good enough. They complained about jobs, the job numbers have risen 19 out of the last 20 months. They complain about his scandals, Benghazi, the IRS, the AP and a Marine holding an umbrella for him. These are for the most part manufactured scandals or completely blown out of proportion. George W. Bush started 2 wars that were unpaid for, crashed the economy, deregulated the banking industry and created the largest income gap in nearly 100 years. But Republicans say that is the past, but what we do affects our children. Didnt Bush’s actions affect the next group?
The Republican party at times have been outright racist. Calling Mexicans wetbacks and Homosexuals perverted and sick in their head. To hear an elected official speak like this is despicable. People not in elected office reserve the right to speak that way but an elected official does not. Being in that position you are held to a higher standard. To put the country on the backburner in order to facilitate some grudge is ridiculous.
Democrats either are not bigots or are better at hiding it. I have not heard of a Democrat getting ripped for bigoted remarks. What many People don’t realize is compromise is very important to a Democratic government. Our government is not broke, it is being held hostage by rich white men and women who are throwing a temper tantrum.
I know the why of Radicalization covered part of the how, but I want to find out how one goes about becoming radicalized. The recruitment part seems to b e the finalization of the radicalization process. The person then becomes indoctrinated and is a part of something “bigger”. The unemployed, minorities, minority religions and other people seen as being vulnerable are the main targets of the radical element.
Communication may include preaching, email posts, one on one calls and many other methods. While they do not radicalize alone, they lay the foundation, the first step in communicating urgency and outrage. As time goes on the message intensifies moving the subject towards action. The recruiter feeds the subject hate and enhances their need to belong, dragging the subject along, entrenching the beliefs into their way of thinking. Without absolute belief, radicalization cannot be completed. Free thought needs to be removed.
A very critical part of Radicalization is making the message part of everyday life. It is not just thought of in the group, but alone as well. It must become a part of the subject’s unconscious thought process. For radicalization to work best, the convertion should be contained. All contrary messages must be kept at bay, isolating the subject to insulate them from external discussion. When this isn’t possible, Groupthink and other social means of ensuring conformance may also be used to keep the subject on track.
The leader will then require action of some kind from the subject. The action can be a protest, to small acts of criminality, as the subject works his way up to a larger terrorist attack. The limited success can escalate the acts of aggression. Many leaders build committment from the subject with requests. Starting of with small tasks and as the subject show his worthiness, the tasks become more important.
Fulfilling your duty is often linked to a promise of glory, from the admiration of peers to a guaranteed place in heaven. People who have taken action and succeeded are regarded as heroes. Their actions are glorified, which causes others in the group to strive for this success. All they need to do is something that the group truly believes in. This works best with people who are searching for meaning in life. They believe they are making a difference and therefore it creates self worth.
This sounds like something a scientist thinks of, not a group of terrorists hiding in camps across the globe. But this some of the how of radicalization. It takes a sickness and turns it into a plague. It takes lost and weak individuals and turns them into living missles. Because of the dehumanization of the enemy, it becomes easier to kill them. The preperation for the attack forces the subject to act, to back out would let down their “mentor” and group.
Republicans, Democrats, the Military, CIA, FBI, DEA or any other group cannot contend with this. The blind passion and hate of a radicalized group consistently finds ways around the people trying to stop them. For every attack that is stopped, their are 2 more ready to be launched. The only protection from these attacks are vigilance, by government agencies, the police and the people.