May 19, 2015

What is “Resilience” and why is it the cure for Jihadi youth?

Mindy AlterRebel Blogger

Why is it that some young people are susceptible to the siren call of jihad while others are not? That's a question that's engaging a slew of experts, two of whom share their "insights" with us in an Op-Ed piece in the National Post. Michael Ungar and Amaranth Amarasingam claim that the way to go is by studying and implementing "resilience."

What the heck is that?

Well, apparently, "resilience" is the au courant buzzword certain "experts" use when they want to explore the roots of radicalization without having to delve too deeply - or, indeed, at all - in all that messy jihad/Islamic supremacism stuff. In so doing, they can set up the problem in such a way as to absolve Islamic theology and those who purvey it, and proffer a specific "cure" - inculcating "resilience" in young people - that is bound to keep these "experts" employed and in great demand for the foreseeable future.

Thus, we have Ungar, "founder and co-director of the Resilience Research Centre" and Amarsingam, a "post-doctoral fellow in the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University" explaining that "radicalization" does not only occur in Muslim communities even though "it is Muslim communities that endure the most pressure and blame."

Poor Muslims! Good thing they have Ungar and Amarsingam to ease their burden and salve their pain. Oh, not by studying the whys and hows of the recruitment of holy warriors. That would be far too specific, and would only exacerbate the "pressure and blame." No, the way ahead, according to these two authorities, is to ignore "the handful of youth who have become radicalized" and focus instead on "the resilience of youth who choose a peaceful path."

And lest you think that that's sort of like researching, say, schizophrenia by focusing on the majority who don't have the disease, these "resilience" experts are here to set you straight. You see, if only we can figure out why most (generic) youth do not choose (generic) "political violence," we will be that much further ahead in preventing those who are susceptible to (generic) "political violence" from embracing it. "We need to study how they find non-violent ways to have a political voice and fight for what they believe in," they write.

No we don't. We need to understand the jihad and why some young Muslims continue to find it so gosh-darned attractive. Until and unless we do that - until we man up and acknowledge the role Islamic holy writ plays in this "political violence" - our efforts to counter this type of "political violence" (pace the "resilience" buffs, the only type that really threatens us) will be doomed to fail.

As for the newly-minted "resilience" industry, a sector intent on making a living by suggesting feckless remedies to problems it cannot bring itself to correctly identify - if this Op-Ed piece is any indication, the industry may yet prove to be incredibly resilient.


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commented 2015-05-20 12:55:15 -0400
Oh boy, and we have a problem with OUR boyscouts playing with water guns??
commented 2015-05-20 12:40:42 -0400
I disagree that we need to better understand either radicalized or “resilient” youth. We know enough to recognize the solution is strict punishment of jihad activity and marginalization of jihadi ideology.

We know the supremacist philosophy of organized radicalized youth is fueled by wound collecting. Schools must crack down on both. Police and Crown agents must crack down on both. Social dialogue must use free speech to condemn both.

Crush entitlement culture.
commented 2015-05-20 08:50:09 -0400
Stop treating the parents as “victims”!! The parents are sending these people back to fight for islam.
commented 2015-05-20 08:33:47 -0400
makes ya want to go…… hmmmm
Islam living with Jews = Problem
Islam living with Sikhs = Problem
Islam living with Hindus = Problem
Islam living with Baha’is = Problem
Islam living with Shintos = Problem
Islam living with Atheists = Problem
Islam living with Buddhists = Problem
Islam living with Christians = Problem

all other religions get along with all other religions

SO THIS LEADS TO ***********

They’re not happy in Gaza
They’re not happy in Egypt
They’re not happy in Libya
They’re not happy in Iran
They’re not happy in Iraq
They’re not happy in Yemen
They’re not happy in Pakistan
They’re not happy in Syria
They’re not happy in Lebanon
They’re not happy in Nigeria
They’re not happy in Kenya
They’re not happy in Sudan
They’re not happy in Morocco
They’re not happy in Afghanistan
  • So, where are they happy? ********

They’re happy in Australia
They’re happy in Belgium
They’re happy in France ?
They’re happy in Holland
They’re happy in Italy
They’re happy in Germany
They’re happy in Spain
They’re happy in Sweden
They’re happy in Denmark
They’re happy in the USA & Canada
They’re happy in Norway & India
They’re very happy in England (UK) (Loads of Welfare Benefits)

They’re happy in almost every country that is not Islamic !
And who do they blame? Not Islam… Not their leadership… Not themselves…


And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy,…
commented 2015-05-19 21:21:44 -0400
Looking at the eyes of those pictures “children” – they appear to be in a trance or hypnotized! These people are so “heavenly” minded they are of absolutely no earthly good!" What would these barbaric weirdos going to do with those 72 virgins they think are awaiting them in heaven? Look how they treat their women here on earth?!?
What kind of “loving” parent would allow or invest their children to be involved like this?
But, I suppose people like Justin Trudeau think this is quite acceptable behavior – Christians be damned!
To all you Musselmen radicals out there, my GOD is much stronger and kinder than your imaginary allah.
commented 2015-05-19 19:32:48 -0400
They’re probably “climate change” people jumping off of a crowded boat, looking for a new way to spend our money.