So where do these foreign come from? Commander Salamander has an interesting post (hat tip: NC)discussing this point and links to an interesting chart:
On the chart, it shows the United States providing 100 foreign fighters into the mix. He notes that that might sound like a lot, but goes onto note that if you adjusted the much smaller European numbers, to their also much smaller population, the European numbers start looking large: Canadas's 100 becomes 183 (still a small number), But Britain's 500 becomes 2,449 in U.S. per capita terms, Belgium's 300 becomes 8,408. Pretty much all the listed European countries have a much larger percentage of their population fighting for the Islamic revolutionaries in the Middle East. Even Finland's "tiny" number (30) equates to 1,731 in U.S. terms. A number that I would say is starting to approach the worrisome level. Finland has a population of 5.439 million, this is very close to the population of Minnesota (5.420 MM). I am sure Minnesota would not be particularly happy having 30 head chopping fanatics running around their state: Vikings excepted.
|Chart found here|