Gee, I’ve lived here for 28 years and never once had a terrorist organization try to enlist me into their ranks.
Who and through what channel were these requests being made? What social sites is the guy using that he would be reached in such a way, and was it through the mosque itself, through family members etc? Alas, the substandard fake news service (YLE) doesn’t ask the right questions, from either stupidity/ignorance or sheer lack of interest.
Also, there’s this line meant to stigmatize the non-racist Finnish society:
“Once on the bus I thought I would be nice and give my seat to a woman who was standing, but she didn’t want to sit where a black person had been sitting. Every day you meet racism out there. It makes you feel bad,” Habat declared.
Finns do not want to be pestered nor noticed on public transprotation, even if it means choosing to stand next to an empty seat, or waiting at a crosswalk though the driver motions with his hand (mine) signaling that he’s giving the right-of-way. The jackasses at YLE know this, but they play up the racism card because it fits neatly with their meme and agenda.
Espoo resident Habat Wardhere came to Finland when he was just a boy of 14. Estimates put the number of young men like him in the hundreds. They come from places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. Many have no jobs and aren’t in school.
Habat said that the extremist recruiters know just whom to talk to. They point out that the youths are in a country where they have no future. If they joined Islamic State they would get money, status, they’d go to paradise and would even be considered holy.
“Come join us to free the faithful, we have the power to control the world. Blah, Blah,” Habat said, quoting the recruiters’ pitch.
The young refugee said that he came to know many youths in similar circumstances at the refugee centre in which he lived. Most of them, like him, had no family in Finland.
Making it against the odds
In spite of the staggering odds against him, 19 year-old Habat now has a summer job at an elder care facility in Helsinki. Otherwise, he’s studying to become a pharmacist and is receiving on the job training.
He pointed out that all of his peers would like to work, but aren’t given the opportunity to make a breakthrough into the job market, not even in low-paying positions like warehouse work or cleaning.
He said that sport is another area to constructively channel young men’s energies. However in Finland, playing football costs money.
“Everyone plays football. I believe that some of them could even play for the national team. But you have to belong to a club and that costs. A friend and I were in Espoo FC, but the player’s license was too expensive and we had to give it up,” he explained.
The temptations to go abroad looking for self-validation are huge, Habat explained. He said that men claiming to be imams urge rootless young men to go abroad to fight.
“And the boys believe them. How can I explain it? When you’re nothing it doesn’t take much,” he added.
Pull from social media
The pull to leave also comes from those who’ve already been recruited to join the fighting abroad.
“In social media guys from Syria say, ‘Look, out here I’m a king, we have everything.’ Some might comment, ‘Wow, good for you.’ The recruiters check to see who has commented and go to speak to them,” Habat remarked.
He claimed that there are many scouts, most of them older men who either live in Finland or visit the country. He noted that in the Somali culture, youngsters respect their elders.
“A man may follow you looking for the right moment to talk. In public transportation, on the bus, at some event or in the mosque. It could be anywhere. You are his target,” Habat said.
Luring young men to leave Finland seems to be easier during the summer Habat noted. That’s when the days stretch out and many youths are idle for extended periods. There’s no school or work and everyone is fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It’s more difficult during the winter when people tend to stay indoors.