Video: Wippl Talks Terror Recruiting on FOX


Joseph Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, said that young people are especially vulnerable to the messages of recruiters for international terrorist organizations.

Wippl shared his insight with FOX News in Boston in a June 15 segment on the topic, “What Makes Young People Drawn to Radical Terror Plots?”

In the accompanying article, Wippl says:

As ISIS captures large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq, it is producing high-quality videos of atrocities. Beheading and execution videos are common.

And these videos, for some, are powerful recruiting tools.

Wippl explains that for some idealistic young people, seeking to right the worlds wrongs, the videos are irresistible because the message is backed up with brutal strength.

“It’s not just ideology anymore,” Wippl said, adding that the message this terror group is sending is, “We mean business and we are going to be able to fulfill the ideology that we have, but if you don’t like it, you’re going to get your head cut off.”

You can read the entire article and watch the segment here.

Wippl is also the Director of Graduate Studies at the Pardee School. Learn more about him here.