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Eli Lake

Islamic State's Best Recruiting Tool Is Youth Boredom

No amount of small-business loans, education scholarships or political reform can compete with the toxic temptation of a movement that claims to be changing history.
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"What makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of trying to start a business?" 

It's a question State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf asked Monday evening on MSNBC's "Hardball." She was on air to give a preview of this week's White House summit on "countering violent extremism."