A new report from the New York Times reveals that Turkey has become a major source of recruits for ISIS. A twenty seven year old Turk, who only will refer to himself as, Can, told the world why a poor male from the slums of Turkey is how a happy contented warrior in Iraq. It is thrilling to be with a group of men dressed in black who go around shouting, “God is Great which gives you he divine strength to kill the enemy without being fazed by blood or scattered guts.” His initiation ceremony consisted of killing two unarmed men, then burying a man who was still alive. This story is informative.
Turkey has among the highest income levels of nations in the Middle East. It has an educated population and includes people of differing religions. But, for some reason this nation has not ensured that poor boys and girls participate in the modern world. They continue living in a world in which religion dominates their thinking. Perhaps, it is time for President Erdogan to reduce his drive for religion in the country, and emphasize modernity?