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In Wake of ID of Boston Bombers, a Look at Jihadist Terror

By Mark Potok on April 19, 2013 - 10:11 am, Posted in Muslim Extremism

With the news that the Boston Marathon bombers may have Chechnyan roots, attention is turning to the threat of “self-radicalized” Muslims in the United States. In the fall of 2011, the Intelligence Report ran a cover story and several sidebars on that phenomenon that may be useful to readers.

Our lead story explored the changing nature of the jihadist threat as extremists living in the country have become at least as dangerous as operatives from abroad. We also published a timeline of 30 attacks by homegrown jihadists since 9/11 and profiles of 10 extremists. I also wrote an accompanying editorial.

At the same time, the fact that the two suspects, one of whom died in a shootout with police, may be Muslim has prompted serious concerns about a backlash against Muslims in this country. We explored issues of Islamophobia in a cover story in our Summer 2011 issue. Accompanying that story was a look at the anti-Muslim inner circle. We also reported recently on the rise in  anti-Muslim hate crimes that began in 2010. Pro-immigrant activists are also worried that the fact that the two suspects were immigrants may harm or even derail efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the near future.

  • concernedcitizen

    Ken, you are probably correct about there being rules to Jihad.

    Again we have extremist and we must not assign their beliefs and actions to every Muslim.

    I’ve said this before and now again, it would be like assigning the beliefs and actions of the Westboro Baptist Church to all practicing Christians in this country.

  • Reynardine

    I’d add, Ken, that this in itself is based on an ancient, underlying code of tribal societies from the Scottish Highlands to the Sulaiman Hills that stipulates that you do not, in addition, aggress against the unarmed, nor any travelling peacefully on the public right of way. Additionally, for so long as the relationship of host and guest exist, neither may break the obligations of hospitality, even if they have met elsewhere as adversaries and expect to do so again.

  • ken

    Informative website.

    Look toward the end, jihad is not supposed involve killing women, children, elderly and others. The Boston Boneheads weren’t even following their own insane rule book. This was framed as Jihad but really was an act of violence against innocent people with no justification, obviously, but specifically, through islam.

  • aadila

    Donna Marie,

    Hobbes once wrote that life is nasty, brutish and short. You seem to embody two thirds of that philosophy, but it remains to be seen if you are short.