Search for belonging: Two men who were trying to fit into Western culture never found what they were looking for

The RCMP have now confirmed two young men from London, ON, were among the dead in the terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant earlier this year.

One of the big questions now is, how do two men born and raised in Canada turn their back on the country and culture to take up the cause of global jihadism?

Part of the answer, I would argue, is that these men were looking for something to believe in. They wanted to belong and in official western society today they did not find it.

The West, Canada included, has a crisis of cultural confidence.