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  •  I don't get it (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites

    These guys live here and went to a secular high school.

    You'd think that weird jihad-type ideas would be sort of discouraged by that environment. It's not like they go to a madras in Saudi Arabia: most of the people they meet are normal people.

    What gets these ideas in their heads?

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    by Sparhawk on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 05:53:43 AM PDT

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    •  To be quite honest (1+ / 0-)
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      these guys are just like the 9/11 killers or the Nigerian Chrismas underwear bomber.  They are all young men with middle class backgrounds, some education, but spent a lot of time in the West.  In my view they are suffering some degree of cultural identity rupture with catastrophic ends.  I have often believed that the understanding of why people are radicalized relies too much on theories of economic need and religious indoctrination.  That's part of it, but it never explained to me (exclusively) why young men who are not living in poverty and well educated end up angry , murderous, and attracted to Jihadist goals.

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      by Delilah on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:36:47 AM PDT

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