By Ryan Mauro
Pro-Islamic State social media accounts indicate the group's supporters are practically salivating at the prospect of reprisals against innocent Muslims in Europe following the attacks in Paris. The hope is for tremendous upheaval and the sparking of a cycle of violence.
The pro-Islamic State users do not justify attacks by non-Muslims on Muslims, but their messaging makes it clear that they are hoping for a division in society that radicalizes the Muslim community to their side. The messages show that Islamic State (ISIS) supporters believe there are three broad categories of Muslims in Europe:
1) Those who obediently follow Allah's will and support the Islamic State;
2) "Apostates" that have made the choice to serve the "Crusaders" with their loyalty to the West;
3) Those in the middle that could be turned towards the Islamic State under the right circumstances.
The accounts are eagerly looking for stories to confirm that there is an impending doom for the third category at the hands of vengeful non-Muslims. They believe that a backlash would compel Muslims in the middle ground to choose one side or the other. The victimized communities will reject the democratic system that they now realize is hostile towards them and embrace jihad against it, according to the online ISIS supporters.
The Clarion Project's national security analyst, Professor Ryan Mauro, was on "FOX & Friends" Saturday morning to discuss his analysis of the attacks in Paris and the online activity explained above:
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