Riz Ahmed

'Star Wars' actor Riz Ahmed explains how ISIS is winning the TV war

The British actor Riz Ahmed offers a simple explanation for why the Islamic State militant group keeps finding recruits:

Terrorists make better TV.

Specifically, the actor told the British Parliament last week, extremists sell heroic story lines to youths from minority communities who are too often cast as bit players or villains in their home countries.

"In the mind of the ISIS recruit, he's a version of James Bond," Ahmed said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State. "Have you seen some of these ISIS propaganda videos? They're cut like action movies. Where's the counternarrative? Where are we telling these kids that they can be heroes in...