It can't be that Muslim youth are constantly being recruited to fight in wars overseas without the community itself knowing about it, writes journalist Wali Hashi. In an op-ed piece written for Yle, Hashi put the proverbial cat among the pigeons and called on the Muslim community in Finland to examine itself as young people seek careers in foreign conflict. Yle News has reproduced excerpts of that piece:
The media in Finland have recently been focusing on a young Muslim man from Espoo who joined the extremist organisation now known as the Islamic State. The organisation used to be Al-Qaeda and has managed to attract jihadists from around the world, including Finland, to fight in Iraq.
A few years ago I produced a programme entitled "Somalis' Nordic Nightmare". I examined the background of recruitment practises by extremist organisations in Finland, Sweden and Denmark.