If you’re like the average American, you know absolutely nothing whatsoever about ISIS.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (aka the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; aka the Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham; aka ISIS; aka ISSL; aka ISSA) is an unrecognized state and active jihadist group. Its intentions are, quite frankly, nothing short of terrifying. You would think, given its recent actions in Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, that most of its new recruits would be from that area. Especially given the phenomenal acquisition of borders.
You would be incorrect.
Per capita, who is the biggest contributor of recruits to ISIS?
Exactly why is yet to be determined, yet some Australians are going to fight for ISIS. Some have already been seen committing heinous war crimes. A preacher has even used social media to defend his support of ISIS and has tried to convince others to do likewise. While the whole country is certainly not involved, in the few weeks ISIS has gained power and momentum, the movement has already gotten bad enough that Australia is trying to figure out how to stop it.
I’m hard pressed to find a punchline about citizens of a democratic country choosing to fight for a group that wants to establish a tyrannical rule over a large part of the world. But perhaps Tom Janssen’s cartoon says it best: