New research finds that potential terrorists cannot be identified using a single socio-economic profile. Similarly, at the individual level, homegrown terrorists are not driven by just one or even a prevalent set of motivations.
Al Qaeda might have been "decimated" yet our fear of terrorism remains a specter that haunts our way of life, hindering our Constitution and foreign policy. We still allow easy cliches, propaganda and generalizations to decide our actions and obscure a way forward.
It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?
The time has come to seriously consider (1) the relationship between radical beliefs and behaviors, (2) trajectories of violent and non-violent radicalization, and (3) the radicalization process across the ideological spectrum.
"Anti-Semitism is everyone's problem. The moderate Muslims don't understand that after the radical Muslims finish with the Christians, Bahai, and Jews, they will come after them. The minute we stop fighting for each other, we lose our humanity."
Given the lack of any pattern in radicalization, both law enforcement and community leaders face a very difficult task as to how they go about unearthing violence-prone radicals. As a free society, we will have to manage such threats without veering away from our constitutional principles.
The unit consists of seven members, not all Muslim, doing everything from internal education within the LAPD about Islam and Muslim culture to community education on issues like domestic violence and hate crimes.
What inspires many lethal terrorists in the world today is a thrilling cause and call to action that promises glory and esteem in the eyes of friends and eternal respect that they will never live to enjoy.