Washington Post Headline: In suburban Manchester, a search for what might have motivated the attacker.
Yeah, it’s a mystery all right, but it seems to have something to do with “radicalization.”
Experts say Manchester’s hidden radicalization problem is not unique to the city.
“What we have seen recently is the emergence of clusters where groups of people — who often live close to one another — radicalize relatively quickly,” said Raffaello Pantucci, the director for international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London. “This isn’t only happening in London or Manchester, but also in much smaller towns.”
The article uses “radical” or “radicalize six times, but never quite gets around to explaining exactly *what* is “radicalizing” people to commit terrorism.
“This is such a cosmopolitan city, but there are circles and groups of people which are extremely closed to outsiders,” said the man, who spoke on the condition that only his first name, Jay, be used. “That is where teenagers or young men and women become radicalized. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.”
“Radicalization” must be like some form of virus that just randomly strikes people and causes them to commit mass murder. I guess there’s no defense against it.