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Ahmed al-DarawyWhy a person turns to terrorism and is radicalized is hard to understand, not only for us reading about it but even for their immediate family members who are kept in the dark.

 

With Islamic terror leading the nightly news, the question of why a mainstream pro-democracy Muslim would come to turn to radical Islam is of particular interest. It is hard to imagine what would motivate a man from an educated background, married with children, enjoying a successful professional career to pack everything up and secretly move to Syria to join ISIS forces.

 

Link here  to an excellent article from the Financial Times on such a case, that of Ahmed al-Darawy (pictured here) which also explores the larger political landscape and the tragic repercussions of what was meant to be the Arab Spring.