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Letters: Exploiting Hopelessness

Letter to the Editors

In “How to Overcome Evil” (December 2014), Jim Wallis covers the problems and politics that made such a thing as ISIS possible. He’s quite right: ISIS did not just pop up out of nowhere.

From my own research, I learned that they are the product of the violence and confusion in the region—conditions that would make many of us willing to grasp at straws or at a terrorist group searching for a way out. I definitely don’t support ISIS, a group using terror and torture to maintain power, but I understand the sense of hopelessness and powerlessness. These are very human feelings, and ISIS has expertly channeled them to their own ends. I believe the solution is to come up with something better for potential ISIS recruits to grasp onto.

Lynn Magnuson
New Orleans, Louisiana

This appears in the May 2015 issue of Sojourners
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