The “was radicalized” construction has become ubiquitous mostly by thoughtless repetition, but to those who deliberately obfuscate, this seemingly inoffensive passive construction provides a way to avoid what has increasingly become the un-nameable. Maajid Nawaz calls this “the Voldemort effect: the refusal to call Islamism by its proper name.”
This is an excellent essay. I have taken issue with the current fad of “internet radicalization” that seeks to deflect blame away from Islam and the Muslim community.
No one is “radicalized” in a vacuum. Islam is both host and pathogen.