A murder of crows gathers around the children in this link. Their black niqabs move like shadows around the brightness and energy of the children. It is hard to imagine such light can be born of such darkness. But it is the charge of the crows to eliminate the sparkle that naturally lights the eyes of a child. It is their sign of success when the blank, dead-man stare covers that light and flattens their expression. Where there could have been sugar plum fairies dancing in their head , they have images of men and women decapitated, (with both sharp and dull knives), buried to their chest and stoned to death, men thrown from tall buildings, human immolation will make an appearance and suicide bombers vests will clad all the characters in their dreams.
The ISIS forces have been scattered to the wind, al- Baghdadi is dead and the rest are in hiding in refugee camps. But from these camps the word is getting out that ISIS is not defeated and indeed will rise again.
At least part of the confidence in a resurgence emanates from the deep indoctrination of children. They are the vessel which will carry the ISIS dreams across the defeat of this army to a time when, having regrouped and re-armed they resume their destruction in order to re-establish the caliphate they came so close to creating. Freud said, “Raise one generation right, and the problems of the world would disappear.” He also states “child is father to the man.” Invariably, we rerun to our early training.
And that, is the problem.