Radicalization of young Muslims takes place not in spite of a Western environment but, in many cases, because of it. Communities that feel like Muslim ghettoes, isolated from the Western society and values around them, are especially vulnerable to extremism, says the report….
The answer, says criminologist and consultant Bauer, is human intelligence, human intelligence, human intelligence. But to get effective information, the community has to be enlisted in the cause, not alienated by repression. So the report was presented Wednesday to an organization called NYPD Shield, which aims at countering terrorism through information sharing with businesses and security specialists. Kelly says it is also meant to contribute to the debate among intelligence and law-enforcement agencies on how best to counter this emerging threat.
Youd think it would be obvious that to stop groups of violent jihadists, especially in a free society that wants to remain that way, it makes sense to study how they begin. But, then again, common sense has not been the hallmark of Washingtons policies these last six years. Its good to know it can still be found in New York City.