There’s no profile:
MI5 has concluded that there is no easy way to identify those who become involved in terrorism in Britain, according to a classified internal research document on radicalisation seen by the Guardian.
The main findings include:
The list it too interesting to quote only parts, so go read the article. And pay attention to this comment on the site:
So ethnicity and socio-economic status seem to be the common ties. Sounds very similar to the profile of a street gang. I’m curious as to what motivates these “terrorists.” Talk to enough street gang members here in the States and you’ll quickly realize that they are motivated by two things, respect and money, in that order.
Let’s face it, terrorists are feared and therefore respected here in the West. By associating themselves with these bigger movements (Al-Qaida, Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, etc.) these people are improving their lot in life, even if only in their deluded minds. We are never going to win the “war on terror” until we address the underlying issue of lack of hope and widespread sense of oppression that is rampant in the global Muslim community. We’ll always have the “true believers” out there that will “hate us for our freedom,” but they are not the foot soldiers of these movements. Let’s find out what makes these guys tick and address that with compassion and respect. Until we do that, we will never win this fight.