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Bildene av de ettersøkte er ikke akkurat noen sensasjon. Det er omtrent slik vi regner med at de ser ut. Men likevel er det et tabu for politiet å se etter personer som passer en slik profil. Det utropes med en gang til stigmatisering/diskriminering. Men de som velger å bruke sin politiske kapital på å vanskeliggjøre politiets arbeid, kan selv få et problem.

En annen kategori er de som finner rasjonelle årsaker til terroren i Irak, Palestina og Afghanistan. Men denne modellen halter. Olivier Roy spør hvorfor det så ikke finnes irakere, afghanere eller palestinere blant terroristene i Vest:

Second, if the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine are at the core of the radicalization, why are there virtually no Afghans, Iraqis or Palestinians among the terrorists? Rather, the bombers are mostly from the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, Egypt and Pakistan – or they are Western-born converts to Islam. Why would a Pakistani or a Spaniard be more angry than an Afghan about American troops in Afghanistan? It is precisely because they do not care about Afghanistan as such, but see the United States involvement there as part of a global phenomenon of cultural domination.

What was true for the first generation of Al Qaeda is also relevant for the present generation: even if these young men are from Middle Eastern or South Asian families, they are for the most part Westernized Muslims living or even born in Europe who turn to radical Islam. Moreover, converts are to be found in almost every Qaeda cell: they did not turn fundamentalist because of Iraq, but because they felt excluded from Western society (this is especially true of the many converts from the Caribbean islands, both in Britain and France). «Born again» or converts, they are rebels looking for a cause.

Why Do They Hate Us? Not Because of Iraq

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