The Christian Science Monitor has an article here pondering why western women choose to join the Islamic State.
In slowly growing global numbers, women and girls are choosing to abandon western “luxuries and freedoms” in exchange for becoming wives, mothers, and Internet recruiters for the terrorist group, reports The Christian Science Monitor. It appears that the number of men leaving Europe and the US for Syria is “continuing at a steady plateau,” yet “the number of Western women headed to Syria has grown exponentially within the past year,” according to The Monitor, which notes that of the 4,500 foreign fighters believed to have joined IS by early 2015, about 550 of them were women.
[Women and girls] aren’t just fulfilling what they see as a religious duty. Their motives also reflect a counterculture revolt among Muslim women and girls who refuse to live as second-class citizens in the west, researchers say. For them, it is suddenly both dangerous and cool to be a particular kind of Muslim. And that attraction can be irresistible, researchers say.
“We do see a snowball effect,” [Erin Saltman, a researcher at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) in London] says. “It is almost like a subculture punk movement. It is secretive. It is empowering. It is against tradition and norms. So you can see a bit of youth counterculture involved in this.”
“They are not ignorant of the brutality and violence. They have also been radicalized to really believe that there is an in-group of the pure good individuals and there is an out-group who are evil, and you dehumanize the outgroup,” Saltman says.
Given the origins of ISIS, there is little doubt that demonic involvement is also a factor in deceiving women to join. It is only when they are ensnared in the spider's web and it is too late to escape, that the blinders come off and they experience the horrific, true nature of the evil inherent in the Islamic State.