Youth is undoubtedly a time of discovery, of trial, of triumph, of failure and yes, of considerable ideological challenges.
From the dizzy first drag on a cigarette or marijuana, to the stunning taste of alcohol, to batting practice on neighbors' mailboxes, to the exploration of service in the Peace Corps, to the responsibility of community service, to the freedom of leaving the village or the homestead for the first time; coming of age varies from hamlet to city, from Christianity to Islam and from country to continent.
Yet, in spite of basic differences of their social economic and political landscapes, all youths from varying backgrounds, follow a similar course of self-discovery as they frightfully take the plunge into young adulthood.
Hence, considerations of understanding and of mercy are due those seeking identity through discovery, who innocently ventured to joined a fallible cause purported by the Islamic State(IS). Drawn into the IS and unable to escape, there have been many reports of these youths imprisoned or killed by the extremist group as they tried to escape the reality of the violence of the group.
From health care workers to naive British teen girls, examples of trapped youths among the ranks of the IS are known.
Thus, the home nations of these youths should evaluate each and every allowed to return individual in order to ascertain the true nature and conditions of each stay in the Levant. And those returning youths should admit to their erroneous actions and offer true testimony as to their experiences and relations with the IS.