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We are all to blame for the foreign fighters phenomenon

July 7, 2015

Narcissism and a sense of entitlement seems to be a commonality.
The writer opines it is fed by media.
I would add also popular films such as Rambo (2008), and media campaigns by the protagonists themselves, but does this explain everything?
IMO, no, there needs to be an enabler, like the ability to have dual nationality as I discussed in this blog on 31/7/14, money and other material support.
IE Those who are Aiding and Abetting these people to pursue their nefarious activities.

Dispatches from the Periphery

On Wednesday morning, I woke up to an email from an ABC producer asking me to write an article about Reece Harding, a 23-year-old Australian killed in Syria on Tuesday. Reece, who I’d never met before, died after stepping on a landmine while fighting with the Kurds. The basic news was this – last week Reece Harding was alive. Now he is dead. And now, a newscaster was asking me to write about it and get a piece out there while his death was still topical.

It wasn’t a random coincidence that I was being asked to chime in on Reece’s death. In February, an obituary I’d written for a friend of mine killed in similar circumstances in Syria had been met with an overwhelming audience response and now the newscaster was coming back for more. This time I was being asked to focus on the role which…

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