West's actions may nudge more towards ISIS

It is quite right to say that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will succeed in recruiting people from all over the world, especially the young, some of whom may consider the West as evil ("Trumpeting Islamophobia helps ISIS"; Dec 12).

Many of the people who join ISIS come from poor backgrounds and feel that they have nothing to lose as their lives are not important.

Some young people may sign up for the excitement and adventure, without realising what they are actually getting themselves into.

The world's powers should stop drone attacks, which have seen many innocent lives lost.

They should stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs. Their record in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and now, Syria, is far from exemplary. These countries are no better off than before.

Instead, their actions create a major refugee problem that impacts the rest of the world, including Western countries.

Shamim Moledina (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2015, with the headline 'West's actions may nudge more towards ISIS'. Print Edition | Subscribe