Special Briefing: Jihad: Who’s joining, and why?
Experts don’t foresee jihadism becoming a mass movement. Still, if the Al Qaeda ideology hooks merely a few hundred followers in countries with many Muslim immigrants, that is enough to wreak havoc. Recruitment in Europe is fueled by the sense of isolation and disappointment in Western culture. Another factor may be freedom of speech. Hate-filled rhetoric and extremist ideals have been spread in European mosques and over the airwaves, some experts point out, even as the governments of these countries have pressed Muslim nations to curb the freedom and teachings of radical clerics. Full Story