"As Tamerlan's devotion to Islam became more intense and radicalized, Dzhokhar showed signs of his brother's influence" - The Atlantic Wire, May 5, 2013
"A YouTube account apparently belonging to Tamerlan Tsarnaev gives tantalising hints of his radicalisation before the Boston bombings" - The (UK) Guardian, April 22, 2013
"Rojanksy will speak to the notion that Islamic extremists, and Chechen ties, contributed to the radicalization of the suspected bombers" - programming notes for the April 24, 2013, episode of CNN's Piers Morgan Live [emphasis mine]
the horrible events in Boston, last month, it is impossible to browse a
news site or watch television news without having the word thrown in
your face like a water soaked towel. Guantanamo radicalizes. Middle East
politics radicalizes. Islam radicalizes. The Internet radicalizes.
think that this is a very difficult challenge when you have individuals
who are self-radicalizing, they’re not part of some massive conspiracy
or a network," President Obama told a Univision interviewer, Friday.
To that end, Newsweek's Michael Moynihan, in a piece
where he uses a pseudonym to explore extremist websites, defines
"self-radicalization" as "the process by which those unconnected to
organized jihad are lured toward extremism via the Web."
online snuff films and photographs of dead children that Moynihan
describes are part of the jihadist call to arms, then coming down from
the dark cloud of the terrorist underworld can only be countered with an
equally potent validation of community and belonging.
"A lot of these videos, they are very emotive," Haris Tarin, of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, told PBS' Bob Abernethy, last week. "These sermons, they use violence and gruesome images to tug at the emotion of young people."
while the media is scrambling to compartmentalize "self-radicalization"
as a behavior in which only a handful of sociopathic, homegrown Islamic
terrorists engage, there's one place in the American conversation where
radicalization from an organized group gets only minimal attention from
the press, as an existential threat. I'm speaking, of course, of the
National Rifle Association.
In Houston, this past weekend, the NRA
paraded speaker after speaker, who railed against Obama and gun safety
advocates with the hateful energy of a radical imam. Through the
exhortations of their leadership, the NRA are behaving like American
jihadis. Like the terrorist who twists the Qur'an to defend their
murderous ways, the anti-government, cultural isolationists of the NRA
re-interpret the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to justify
arming themselves for revolution.
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