The real roots of homegrown terrorism

“The embrace of radical Islam has to be understood both in terms of the appeal of new ideas and alternatives and a rejection of the status quo. This is why the radicalisation thesis is so lacking in explanatory power. It one-sidedly emphasises the power the Islamist ‘groomers’ exercise over their vulnerable prey. From this standpoint, the problem of homegrown terrorism is reduced to the threat posed by radical groups lurking in the shadowy world of the internet and secret prayer meetings. This ignores the real problem that a significant section of young Muslims have already rejected the cultural values and norms of the society in which they live. It is their rejection of European societies that motivates people to search for alternatives.

h/t Minicapt