Freelance Jihad

Earlier this month, I fired a silver bullet at the heart of the “Lone Wolf” analysis, a flawed paradigm depicting every jihadist without demonstrable ties to a terrorist organization as an unfathomable mystery whose motives we may never know. Since then I have been inundated with inquiries about a replacement.

If we reject the term “lone wolves,” some asked, what shall we call them? In a succinct message, Daniel Pipes offered a wonderful replacement: “freelancers.”