Future Outlook of Islamic Extremism

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FutureOutlook of Islamic Extremism

FutureOutlook of Islamic Extremism

Islamicextremism is defined as any form of Islam that opposes democracy, therule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance ofdifferent faiths and beliefs. In the Islamic extremism a Manicheanview of the world which is an Islamic extremism that divides theworld into two, ‘Us’ versus ‘them’ the right kind of Muslimsand the wrong ones who are to be destroyed. ISIS as one of theIslamic extremism groups puts more effort in developing financial,administrative and legal structures which enable it to function likea state controlling the formerly sovereign states of Iraq and Syria.The organization believes that no other religion should survive apartfrom Islam and that all non-Muslims who are considered to benon-believers should be killed or destroyed altogether [ CITATION Str14 l 2057 ].It is, therefore, aiming at bringing back the Islamic caliphate inthe entire world and not only in the Middle East. For this reason, itis evident that Islamic extremism is a phenomenon that is likely topersist for a long time to come.

Thefuture of Islamic extremism is highly dependent on the strategiesthat are currently in place to counteract them. Their key objectiveis to bring back Islamic caliphate worldwide, it therefore almostunrealistic to say that it will cease to exist in the near future andyet they have not achieved the set objective. The strategies alreadyin place such as reducing the vulnerability of young people beinglured to join the Islamic extremist groups are very helpful inreducing their numbers significantly [ CITATION Aeg16 l 2057 ].The groups most at risk are the marginalized, poverty-stricken homesand the social outcasts within the community. Whenever all thesepeople and the youths are actively engaged in the community anddevelop a sense of belonging, they will not fall prey of Islamicextremism trapto join them.

Thecounter- terrorism approach based on communication networks andsocial media are helping to cut down on the rate in which they canshare their information. In the world today, Islamic radicalizationis spreading very fast through the social media. It is reported that25,000 foreign fighters joined the ISIS ranks since their tweetergroup emerged in the social media. Therefore, taking action againstany broadcast and sharing of extremist messages is paramount andremoval of extremist messages and materials from the internetservices is a helpful strategy in cutting down their communicationchannels. Strengthening the role of United Nations system regardingprevention and combating extremists and addressing the conditions andpoints that are conducive for the spread of Islamic extremism arealso other strategies in place [ CITATION Abh16 l 2057 ].

Thegroups in Islamic extremism are so powerful and manipulative, havingall professional in them, including well trained ex-Baathist Militaryofficers, who are responsible for the organizational strategicdirection and provide leadership roles. These groups have highintelligence personnel who deal with communication networks, theyhave advanced weaponry in place, and they engage with global superpowers. It is reported that there is a strong possibility for otherextremist organizations to join hands with Islamic groups such asISIS in the future therefore, the Islamic extremism is like to stillexist in 50 years to come [ CITATION Uni16 l 2057 ].

Inconclusion, considering the strategies put in places by variousstates and countries in the world, the Islamic extremist already havecontrol over communication networks, hence recruiting more membersinto their groups will still continue and pushed by their need toestablish Islamic caliphate worldwide, they are unlikely to bestopped.


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