The strategic value of compassion: Welcoming refugees is devastating to IS


mentalfloss
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Truth bombs are being dropped


The strategic value of compassion: Welcoming refugees is devastating to IS

The fact is that the refugee crisis hurts IS badly. The compassionate response of many Western nations toward refugees undercuts the so-called caliphate in three key ways: money, men and messaging.

The first factor is financial. IS is the richest terrorist organization in the world with assets estimated at $2-billion, and almost all of that revenue is internally generated. Recent estimates indicate that the extremists collect nearly $1-million a day through taxation and extortion of businesses and households, arguably even more than profits from oil and antiquities smuggling.

The refugee exodus undercuts this gain. The more families that escape their violence, the fewer people the so-called caliphate has to extort. The nearly 12 million refugees who have already fled the battlefield therefore constitute a tremendous financial loss. Leading IS operatives are well aware of these costs, and are trying to force people to remain inside their turf.

To stop the flow, IS has directly threatened refugees through its media wing, explains Christopher Anzalone, an expert on jihadist information operations. In one document, IS states: “it should be known that voluntarily leaving Darul-Islam [land of Islam] for darul-kufr [land of disbelief] is a dangerous major sin [kaba’ir]”.

The second reason is recruitment. We know that IS relies heavily on foreign fighters and devotes considerable effort both finding and cultivating new conscripts. With air strikes hammering rebel strongholds across Syria and Iraq, IS needs as much new cannon fodder as possible to stay in the fight.

To accomplish this goal, IS has repeatedly stated that it wants Muslims in Western countries to face increased persecution, because they believe this will catalyze a hijra (migration) to their lands. Official IS statements are unequivocal on this point – attacks like those in Paris are designed to incite violence against local Muslim communities in order to facilitate recruitment and force migration.

The third issue is message control. IS has invested tremendous resources into constructing a narrative that portrays itself as a sanctuary for Muslims. When millions of Muslim families run for their lives, IS loses this legitimacy battle on the world stage. Every horror story told by a refugee family shows these claims of being an idyllic caliphate to be utterly ludicrous.

To compensate for this damage to its image, IS has ramped up its propaganda machine, explicitly targeting the refugees. Its media wing has released 12 heavily produced propaganda films, each warning people to remain in Syria. “These media materials portray Western xenophobia, racism and indifference toward refugees” says Mr. Anzalone. These messages aim to tell potential refugees that non-Muslims hate them and that running away will result in abuse and exploitation at the hands of foreigners.

The fact that people across the Western world have reached out to help refugees has been incredibly damaging to this jihadist narrative.

The strategic value of compassion: Welcoming refugees is devastating to IS - The Globe and Mail
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Truth bombs are being dropped

Only if you can't tell fiction from fact from the top of that high horse.

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Recent estimates indicate that the extremists collect nearly $1-million a day through taxation and extortion of businesses and households, arguably even more than profits from oil and antiquities smuggling.

All reports show ISIL brining in $1 + million a day in oil rev.
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The refugee exodus undercuts this gain. The more families that escape their violence, the fewer people the so-called caliphate has to extort. The nearly 12 million refugees who have already fled the battlefield therefore constitute a tremendous financial loss. Leading IS operatives are well aware of these costs, and are trying to force people to remain inside their turf.

More for the casuality cost, than monetary value.

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The second reason is recruitment. We know that IS relies heavily on foreign fighters and devotes considerable effort both finding and cultivating new conscripts. With air strikes hammering rebel strongholds across Syria and Iraq, IS needs as much new cannon fodder as possible to stay in the fight.

To accomplish this goal, IS has repeatedly stated that it wants Muslims in Western countries to face increased persecution, because they believe this will catalyze a hijra (migration) to their lands. Official IS statements are unequivocal on this point – attacks like those in Paris are designed to incite violence against local Muslim communities in order to facilitate recruitment and force migration.

Hmmm, migration of which brand of Islam?

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The third issue is message control. IS has invested tremendous resources into constructing a narrative that portrays itself as a sanctuary for Muslims.

Just a certain brand.

Yawn, so much for the truth bombs, lol.
 
MHz
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If they come in with fat bank accounts already why does the host nation have to fork over anything? There is a new tax base and they pay on time and they have enough left over to buy all the newest toys.
 
mentalfloss
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Paris attacks spark anti-Muslim backlash, but Canadians are fighting back - Canada - CBC News
 
Walter
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Another OP full of crap.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Another OP full of crap.

How?
 
petros
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#7
You compassion has been weaponized against you. You've aleady been defeated by terrorism.
 
mentalfloss
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Is France more compassionate than Germany?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Is France more compassionate than Germany?

Just shhhh.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Yes that's working out well for France.

In reply to...

Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

As far as I'm concerned, all organized religion should be driven from the land. The world would be a better place.

There you have it folks. It's the victims fault.

In other news, rape victims in short skirts at fault for being raped and murdered.

And...

Store owners are at fault for having nice things worth stealing and murdering for.

Film at 11.
 
mentalfloss
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You're the one that wants to drive away large swaths of people.
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

You're the one that wants to drive away large swaths of people.

Deflection.

It's ok Fluffer, "Sl@ts" have a walk to combat ignorant people like you and your opinion. You should listen to their message.
 
mentalfloss
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Not at all.

The topic is about compassion of refugees who come from all sorts of different walks of life and being compassionate enough to let them in.
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Not at all.

The topic is about compassion of refugees who come from all sorts of different walks of life and being compassionate enough to let them in.

Uh huh...

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Is France more compassionate than Germany?

Just shhh.

You're embarrassing yourself.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

How?

ISIS is an asset controlled by the very countries wracking in spasms of compassion at this moment in time. It is just that those countries should suffer the relocation costs however. I believe some force is doing a certain kind of accounting with regard to this crime. hahahahahah Don't fear the reaper!
Last edited by darkbeaver; Nov 22nd, 2015 at 09:24 AM..
 
mentalfloss
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I'm referring to the number of refugees taken in and the general sentiment in both countries.

This is only by what I hear in the news, but Germany takes in many more and is more tolerant generally.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

I'm referring to the number of refugees taken in and the general sentiment in both countries.

This is only by what I hear in the news, but Germany takes in many more and is more tolerant generally.

Germany is on the verge of civil war. This issue factors heavily. Please open your mind to the destruction of Europe by forced compassion.

Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

You compassion has been weaponized against you. You've aleady been defeated by terrorism.

You have compassion for the old homeland petros. Draw some conclusions.
 
mentalfloss
#17
Civil war?
 
Ron in Regina
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Germany is on the verge of civil war. This issue factors heavily. Please open your mind to the destruction of Europe by forced compassion.

It's weird that Germany was preaching austerity to Greece
among other nations in the EU not long ago, and then now
it is flooding itself with a situation that can't be a positive
for its economy. What do you figure is the driving factor to
this schizophrenic economic behavior DB?

Me? I just don't get it....
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Civil war?

You bet. Germany wants to break it's bonds and looks to the energy rich East as it's only viable way forward. The seven decades of occupation weighs heavily upon them.
 
mentalfloss
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Have there been shots fired yet in this civil war?
 
petros
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Flossy...go to bed. Your pixels are dialated.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

You bet. Germany wants to break it's bonds and looks to the energy rich East as it's only viable way forward. The seven decades of occupation weighs heavily upon them.

Where's the news of this civil war?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Germany is on the verge of civil war.

Pending/possibility.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Where's the news of this civil war?

Present/happening.

Another fine example of how the Fluffer takes things out of context to direct the narrative.

Tsk, tsk, very dishonest.
 
mentalfloss
#24
Where's the civil war?
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Have there been shots fired yet in this civil war?

You need to fire shots to be at war? Holy f-ck you are stupid.
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Where's the civil war?

See post #23, for why this post of yours is as equally dishonest.
 
mentalfloss
#27
Where's the conflict?

How is it a war?
 
petros
#28
Do wars require bloodshed?
 
mentalfloss
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Do wars require bloodshed?

Do they require conflict?
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
#30
I would wonder if creating refugees by the millions that will overwhelm Europe and beyond is a very careful and specific tactic of ISIS.
 

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