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Boston: More Like Sandy Hook Than 9/11

posted on April 22, 2013

John B. Judis of The New Republic interviews Oliver Roy, a scholar and expert in Islamic politics. Judis writes, “Roy’s view is relevant in understanding the alleged Boston marathon bombers. A decade ago, Roy was pointing out that al Qaeda was drawing many of its recruits from Western Europe rather than from Saudi Arabia or Palestine or Pakistan … Accordingly, Roy rejected the idea that al Qaeda’s adherents in Europe were simply products of Islam and that their motivation should be seen as religious.” Judis adds, “It seemed to me that the suspected brothers could be understood as further extensions of Roy’s thesis. Like the Fort Hood terrorist, Nidal Malik Hasan, they don’t appear to be products of organized religion or organized politics.” 

Read at The New Republic