Those Damn Renegades

Pravda-on-the-Hudson “reports” today about “West Struggles to Halt Flow of Citizens to War Zones to Join Extremist Fighters”:

War zones like Yemen or Syria also serve as incubators for budding terrorists. “They will form networks with other Western Muslims and establish ties to jihadists around the world,” concludes a new Brookings Institution study of foreign fighters by Daniel Byman and Jeremy Shapiro. The sheer volume of fighters returning home has made tracking them difficult. American officials said that French intelligence and law enforcement agencies conducted surveillance on the Kouachi brothers after Saïd Kouachi returned from Yemen in 2011. But the French authorities at some point stopped the monitoring to focus on other threats.


It reminds one of the setters of Colonial America and after who defected, ran away, went “renegade” to the Native American Indians, such as Simon Girty and. They were “turncoats” to the European settlers’ cause because they were moved to fight for the underdog.

Or the War of 1885 in what is now the Province of Manitoba, which also involves opposition to settler colonialism, in that case with a theological component as well.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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