The 40-minute recruiting video is as slick as any marketing tool for the twenty-something male demographic: patriotic music, commitment to a greater good, guns, even the promise of enjoying life in “the real Disneyland.”Skim through it and judge for yourself:
Did you somehow resist the call to jihad? Or are you booking a flight to Mogadishu as we speak?
I probably should have something more sophisticated to say about this, but, honestly, the main thing I'm feeling is embarrassed for my hometown paper's utter cluelessness. Maybe Al-Shabab will continue to draw recruits from Cedar-Riverside, but I'd hesitate to ascribe their success to marketing savvy. But what do I know? I'm a twenty-something male; play a little patriotic music and my brain turns to mush.