Orlando and Nice attacks: Domestic violence links to radicalisation
In the aftermath of the recent mass killings by lone attackers in Orlando and Nice, more details have come to light about the attackers’ histories and identities.
Both attackers had track records of domestic violence, depression and questions around their sexual identities.
As the self-styled Islamic State group (IS) continues to stake claim on exported attacks on the West, it has also disseminated a range of identity politics and gender norms.
The message is less about empowering individuals through religion, and more about attracting insecure and threatened individuals with a psychological need for control and simple answers.
Thank goodness it has nothing to do with Islam!