On NBC Nightly News this evening, Richard Engel interviewed an Belgian ex-soldier who rescued his own son from the grips of the Syrian militant group called Islamic State or Isis.
The ex-soldier’s son thought he would be helping Muslims, apparently in a charitable capacity.
But the Islamic State slowly drew the son into its agenda.
In the Nightly News report, the ex-soldier was shown making an incremental step toward Engel.
“You know, inside, step by step, they change the minds,” the ex-soldier said.
That could be a succinct explanation of how numerous cults, of many different stripes, turn recruits into foot soldiers, whether figuratively or literally.
I’m hoping NBC News will post the interview on their website.