We’re told young men are joining Islamic State because it provides “jobs, additional stipends and sometimes cars” and that Arab nations must offer “greater economic opportunities”. These thugs aren’t beheading people because of the allure of a pickup truck. Men from the West aren’t joining because of a career opportunity. Beliefs actually matter.
It’s not hard to see how their behaviour is the direct result of their beliefs about the contents of a particular religious book.
Note: This appeared as a letter to the editor in The Globe & Mail.