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Jordan’s King Abdullah: We Are In Third World War
Appearing on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, Jordan’s King Abdullah said the fight against ISIS is one rooted in a disagreement within Islam which needs to be joined by not only Arab nations, but by those in the West.

He added that it has “no legitimacy” and called the fight against Daesh, as ISIS is called in Arab nations, the “third world war” where all religions come together.

“This is our war,” said King Abdullah, who started conducting airstrikes immediately after a video featuring Jordanian pilot al-Kasasbeh’s was brutally burned alive.

Arab, Western and Asian influences all have a “moral responsibility” to help, the king added, but in the end “it’s up to the Syrians” in the making of a new country.

Obama Administration Seeks Help From Madison Ave.
AdAge reports that the Obama administration has sought out the assistance of Madison Ave. marketing executives as it wages an all-out public relations campaign against ISIS.

“We want to reach mainstream Muslims — the same people who buy fast food and sneakers — who are reached every day by marketers. To me, people who sell consumer products, or soft drinks, or running shoes, understand those audiences, so I’ve sought out some guidance and other things that we can do together. These people really understand in a really hard-headed way how to reach audiences, and we need to reach audiences with the counter-narrative,” said Richard Stengel, undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

The Apocalyptic Allure Of The Caliphate
Malise Ruthven goes in-depth in piece in The New York Times Review of Books in an attempt to understand how children from middle-class families become attracted to terror groups.

“It is easy to see how ISIS, with its brutal executions and message of violent retribution against those who do not share its values, might appeal to individuals such as Amedy Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers, the young men who perpetrated the killings in Paris in early January. (The Kouachis were also influenced by al-Qaeda in Yemen.) They were petty criminals and archetypal “losers,” living a marginal existence in a country whose Muslim immigrants have high levels of joblessness, low education attainment, and often difficulty finding social acceptance.

“But many European jihadists do not seem to fit this template,” she notes.

The Failure Of The West To Respond To Radical Islam
Human Rights Foundation Chairman Garry Kasparov discusses the U.S. and Europe’s lackluster response to the threat from radical Islam.

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