January 7, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Domestic Terrorism

UNITED STATES, [US]--Who radicalized the armed antigovernment extremists illegally occupying the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in rural Oregon? What are the origins of Dylann Roof’s white supremacist beliefs? Why did he allegedly murder nine African-Americans who welcomed him into their Bible study in a Charleston, S.C., church? How was Robert Dear, now facing murder charges, incited to shoot 12 people, killing three, at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility? Few seem to be pondering these questions, nor have they emerged as prominent political talking points. Sure, there’s general interest in motive, but there’s nothing comparable to what has occurred in the weeks since the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., claimed 14 lives. That spurred countless discussions about how the young Muslim couple responsible for the murders became radicalized. There are ongoing investigations into the countries they visited, the websites they frequented, what they did between the murders and their own deaths in a shoot-out with law enforcement, and whether they were part of a larger cell or became “self-radicalized.” With Syed Rizwan Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik tagged as ISIS sympathizers, there came a national fixation on how these suburban parents became jihadists. Too often, however, radicalization is regarded, literally and figuratively, as something explicitly foreign. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “radicalize” means “to cause (someone or something) to become more radical, especially in politics.” These days, it defines those with political or religious philosophies taken to dangerous extremes — but only if they claim to be followers of Islam. Equal attention is rarely afforded to ideologies fostered in our own cities and towns, and twisted by racism, misogyny, the politics of paranoia, and strident religious beliefs. In a manifesto believed written by Roof, he anoints himself as a white-race crusader, willing to do the terrible work that was once the province of the Ku Klux Klan. View More>>

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