Thursday, December 31, 2015

Rebels with every cause

The revelations keep coming from Belgium on the investigations into Islamist terrorist groups and there's a strand now linking the groups to a biker gang called the Kamikaze Riders (via the Belgian news outlet La Derniere Heure). This would be very much consistent with the Olivier Roy analysis of European-based Islamist extremism and -- yet again!  -- suggests that focusing too much on the "Islamic" angle is a mistake. The extremism is constructed around political and religious grievances, but drawing heavily also on other non-Islamic attributes of alienation.

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