Here's a good summary of who goes to fight for idiots like ISIS and other organizations. Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? - The New Yorker Granted, there's no evidence he did, but that long article gives you a glimpse of the mentality. To me, these people are lost here (and other west countries) they are not sick, they are not in poverty, they are just lost. And what does that mean in today's culture? I am not really sure but something is happening with our youth and our culture that has people losing their lives way before they lose their lives abroad.