Who is attracted to terrorism?

A few days ago I had written that poverty and terrorism are not correlated. Few terrorists are poor.

Today, the New York Times reports on a European bombmaker who was drawn to ISIS. Key points:

  • Blew himself up in Brussels Airport
  • Part of Muslim immigrant family from Morocco, who grew up in Belgium
  • Went to Catholic school
  • Studied electrical engineering
  • Brother carries the Belgian flag as a national martial arts champion
  • Felt like an outsider, deeply conscious of two worlds, separate yet side by side.

I think the key is that he never identified with the life around him. It never satisfied him.

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