The Alphabet of Evil. What creates the terrorist Golem? I believe that one needs to start at the beginning of the alphabet when searching for answers to this conundrum. In my opinion, the Alpha of extremist hatred has its roots in one word- alienation. Alienation from one's peers' and alienation from one's family becomes alienation from yourself. An ideal can become a piggy-back alter-ego and an additional power-source for the "host."
Indoctrination from an early age can synthetically create the sensation of alienation by promoting an "us and them" mentality which enables the person to alienate him or herself from the "enemy" by fearing them, dehumanising them and believing that there is no way to bridge that divide. This leads to the faulty inference that annihilation of the alien opposite is the only option. Radicalization can occur at any stage of life, but the window of opportunity for the recruiter of the vulnerable will be the identification of the form of alienation that the person is enduring at that moment.
An extremist feels that in some way he or she has failed and is searching for a means of redemption. The adoption "into the fold" becomes a surrogate family and the acceptance that the person was seeking becomes possible in this artificial incubator that is the "united cause."
"The cause" becomes salvation through both life and death, so the pain can be dulled by living for the cause (an induced high) or by dying for the cause (an escape that the individual sees as a redemption from failure, an "honourable death" that confers the honour of significance and glory upon the life of the martyr who under other circumstances might have lived a life of apparent ordinariness and insignificance.
Perhaps the brothers who appear to be the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon were perfect Alpha candidates for recruitment because the cancer of alienation had metastized slowly but surely. Extremism breeds terrorism and is possibly the worst societal cancer of all because it kills both its hosts AND others.
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