Terror cell surprised at speedy Belgian investigation; Psychiatrists not surprised at drifting Western youths becoming terrorists

Secretary of State John Kerry, USA.

The terrorists who struck in Brussels originally intended to attack France again, but they were “surprised by the speed of the progress” of Belgian investigators, so they re-imagined their attack plans, according to an official statement given by the Belgian Federal Prosecution Office to ABCnews.

“The Federal Prosecution Office can confirm that numerous elements in the investigation have shown that the terrorist group initially had the intention to strike in France again,” the official statement to ABC News reads. “Eventually, surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation, they urgently took the decision to strike in Brussels.”

Kerry: ‘Daesh is on the run’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, spoke in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad regarding the organization previously called ISIS, ISIL and now referred to as Daesh. “Daesh is as evil an entity as I have ever come across in my entire lifetime,” Kerry told those gathered to listen. Later on, he stated that Daesh leaders “are being eliminated from the battlefield on a daily basis.”

His entire quote was this:

“Daesh is on the run, folks. They may still be in Mosul; they’re still in Hit, though not for many more days. And there are – there’s a tough fight ahead of us. But they have not taken any territory and held it in this country since last May. And the fact is their leaders are being eliminated from the battlefield on a daily basis, at least an average of one every three days, and their war minister and their finance minister, and so forth. And as we continue and you continue to do the training job and work with the Iraqi Security Forces and upgrade their capacity to get out there, they will take this fight, and we will support them.”

Belgians get ‘foreign fighter surge team’

Previously, a story over at theExaminer shed some light from information Kerry gave in an interview after the terror attacks in Brussels. The Secretary of State said then (on March 25) that the there was “a foreign fighter surge team” working with the Belgians to track down “the network that was involved in the Paris attacks.”

Kerry stated that President Barack Obama was “focused” and determined “to terminate Daesh as fast as possible in its home base.” To achieve this objective, the foreign fighter surge team “comes over to work with a country to help them focus on how they can better prevent foreign fighters from coming home from Syria and entering into their communities,” Kerry said.

Explaining the team further, Kerry said “… it’s a team that we put together to help provide expertise to other people. The Belgians wanted that and they engaged in that prior to this event taking place. There are also at least five or six different events that are going to take place in the next month – two or three in April and beyond – that the Belgians had previously scheduled to deal with passport security, to deal with police behavioral analysis and other kinds of things.”

It was ISIL/Daesh that claimed responsibility for the Brussels attacks on travelers, per Examiner article. A recent report from theTimes, however, maybe highlights the issue. Trevor Phillips, a former Chairman of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), believes that a more “muscular approach to integration” has arrived.

Jihadi recruiters and ‘a nation within a nation’

“Liberal opinion in Britain has, for more than two decades, maintained that most Muslims are just like everyone,” said Phillips. He also states that “Britain desperately wants to think of its Muslims as versions of the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, or the cheeky-chappie athlete Mo Farah. But thanks to the most detailed and comprehensive survey of British Muslim opinion yet conducted, we now know that just isn’t how it is.”

The UK media, theGuardian specifically, also quotes Phillips. He said the findings were “extremely worrying” because “they suggested on many issues Muslims were [a] ‘nation within a nation.'”

And that sounds a lot like what people are describing in Belgium. According to an article posted over at CNN, writers Nima Elbagir, Bharati Naik and Laila Ben Allal point out three big pieces of information:

  • Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam was captured in Brussels after months in hiding
  • The Belgian capital’s Molenbeek district has become notorious as a hotbed of violent jihadist ideology
  • Belgium has the highest number of foreign fighters, per capita, in Syria of any Western European nation

Marginalized, lost, bored, spiritually dispossessed people

But in another story I did, over at theExaminer, one Jordanian parliament member said he “lost his son” to the group ISIS/Daesh after the young man dropped out of medical school to join the extremist group’s cause. The young man, according to the father, a 23-year-old named Mohammed Dalaeen was “… deceived and tricked by Islamic State.”

Exploring why, some researchers believe “[t]he reasons that youths join terrorist organizations such as ISIS have little to do with being poor, brainwashed, a Muslim, or a psychopath, and more to do with vulnerabilities in human nature exacerbated by aspects of Western societies.” So begins a research article written by the team of Omar Sultan Haque, Jihye Choi, Tim Phillips, and Harold Bursztajn at PsychiatricTimes.

From my previous article over at the examiner:

“If we Westerners are lucky, we have identities, certainties, social connections, meanings, generalized empathies, freedoms, and individual pursuits of glory that can be taken for granted,” the authors write. “However, for those Westerners in transition, marginalized, lonely, lost, bored, uncertain, spiritually or existentially dispossessed, burdened by too much freedom, and empathically selective, ISIS and other shallow but contagious ideologies will remain tempting as quick fixes for the deep predicaments inherent to the human condition.”

Permissive, cultural drift

“Humans tend to live with a quest for certainty in their hearts,” the authors state. “Whatever its factual merits, a pluralistic worldview denies its adherents the delights of absolute certainty, and it takes much cognitive effort to maintain. ISIS provides an ideology in which the world is divided into absolute good and evil, no compromises are possible, radical Islam is the solution to all human problems, and any other interpretation of Islam is unthinkable.”

For those drifting in a permissive culture, the authors believe that “[t]his black and white picture of truth may seem simplistic for the critically minded, but it can provide epistemological crème brûlée for drifting and unanchored Western youths. These youths are looking for answers to existential questions within a home culture perceived to be permissive and relativistic. In the midst of all this, an ideology that does not compromise the quest for certainty can be very appealing to the most vulnerable.”