“…Media has already started calling the London terrorist incident a ‘lone-wolf’ attack even though London Metropolitan Police have acknowledged its links with “Islamist terrorism” and have since arrested several people after raids in Birmingham and in other parts of Britain.
The term ‘lone wolf’ is a semantic jugglery and a study in self-delusion. It is an attempt to disconnect any instance of terrorism from larger ideological moorings and transfer the onus of the moral failing from society to the individual, as if he was “acting on his own”.
Jason Burke, writing for The Guardian, says that this “implies that the responsibility for an individual’s violent extremism lies solely with the individual themselves or with some other individual or group, all of which could be eliminated. The truth is that terrorism is not something you do by yourself. Like any activism, it is highly social, only its consequences are exceptional… People become interested in ideas, ideologies and activities, even immoral ones, because other people are interested in them.”