The jihadis find their recruits among the disaffected and alienated. Countering that despair will undermine their formidable will to fight
Tuesday’s murder of an 84-year-old priest in Normandy by Isis sympathisers was surprising for two reasons. Until now, Isis had avoided attacking religious leaders in the west who had not directly harmed Muslims, in line with the prophet Muhammad’s command. And French security forces had been monitoring both perpetrators for trying to join Isis in Syria.
One of the teenage assassins was wearing an electronic bracelet, and foreign intelligence sources had provided a photograph of the other as preparing for an imminent attack.