The "War Nerd" has offered one compelling view on the foreign fighter influx:

http://t.co/PD9RmhYK3t

Changed the suspect phrasing, not absolutely sure it comprehends your point.

I think by many material measures - population growth, consumption and output, life expectancy - we can reasonably speak of a recent general acceleration in the rate of change. Whether it amounts to "historical" change" and whether it's sustainable are other questions to ponder both in their own right as well as in relation to what really is driving the turmoil in the Middle East. One mode of analysis describes much of the latter, going back to the Age of Discovery, as something akin to an introduction of pathogens into populations without developed immunities, but in the form of interrelated ideas, products, regime forms, and economic systems. Isolationism in this scheme amounts to attempting a quarantine long past the point it might conceivably have been effective.

Originally wrote "conclusions" instead of "end points," meant something more like "resting point" or "plateau" or "culmination," and if the right expression is one of those or occurs to me, will likely change it.

I don't think you have to fall all the way into Star Trekkian techno-abundance and technological solution of all or almost all Earthly ills in order to appreciate that communications in the broad sense (including transportation and range/power of weaponry) might make things happen faster in 2014 than they tended to happen in 1614. That would go for bad ideas as well as good ideas, or for sources of conflict as well as solutions, of course, but, if human beings generally move in the direction of pleasure rather than pain, there's at least a chance that an idea capable of relieving the agonies of a war-torn region will not require generations or centuries to spread beyond its source or be made available for imitation, or, failing that, that the bad ideas will do their harm and be done with it sooner.

Just meant to be a reason to hope even if the historical view produces the temptation to despair. On the other hand, even the Star Trek future history turns, I believe, on an apocalyptic cataclysm of some type between our time and their time. There's at least one major war involving bio-engineered transhumanism involved, which also explains the non-augmented nature of of our 24th Century heroes. So there's a significantly moderating technophobia underlying Star Trek technophilia, as generally only more so in most science fiction.

Howdy, don miguel. Long time, no see. You happen to have a link to Ennahda on IS? I recall Hassan Hassan mentioning that MB & friends had been reluctant on that score - and Morsi when president of Egypt (I have read and dimly recall) even encouraged young people to join the jihad in Syria. There's also been much discussion of Tunisia's disproportionate contributions to the ranks of the IS. I don't remember anything specific about Ennahda.

Do you have something specific in mind with your "BTW," or is it just a reasonable assumption based on past performance?

As for the prior point, I think the part you don't like is the part of the "abandonment of the faith" that involves so many substitutions of a different faith or set of faiths under other names.