What is the draw among youth toward Islamic fundamentalism/violence? The terrorists are not doing the work of God

April 19, 2013

UPDATE (4-19-13, 1700 hrs, PDT):

Now late in the day the word on the wire (to use an old term) is that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been arrested, the first one being killed, along with the death of a policeman, and the deaths of three in the bombing earlier in the week, with nearly 200 wounded.


And now today (Friday, April 19) there reportedly seems to be a Muslim or what I might call a pseudo Muslim connection with the deadly Boston Marathon bombing with the death of one of two suspects and a policeman in the Boston area. It has now been reported that authorities have identified the suspects (again one suspect now dead) as being from or near the disputed Russian territory of Chechnya where there has been an Islamic insurgency. They were reportedly raised in the U.S.

I know little of the religion of Islam, that is in any scholarly detail, but I have come to the conclusion that most or all terrorists are either being used by Islamic fundamentalists or have their own skewed interpretation of the religion (although many organized religions, including Christianity, have a history of violence conducted in their names).

As I recall, the initial reports in the bombing incident talked of a Saudi Arabian “person of interest”. Then that report was discredited and then one had to wonder if it was not the work of demented home-grown Timothy McVeigh-type terrorists. And now is appears it might have been the work of foreign students, the terrorists I believe described as brothers and students.

Well, the true details are emerging or will emerge. But what is this about the draw of Islamic fundamentalism/violence among youth? Is it some form of super frustration and identity crisis?

Religious leaders of all faiths need to step up and call for peace and denounce violence. They need to make it plain that those who carry out violence are doing so for their own purposes, not that of the religions and not in the name of God.

The following are my previous posts on the incident:

Update (4-18-13, late):

This Boston thing is crazy. I get home and read on the internet that a policeman has been shot and killed and that one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been arrested (and that may not be official yet as I write this but was reported in the Boston Globe). Not at all sure whether there was any connection to the policeman being killed or an earlier reported car jacking or reports of two men with a bomb to the Marathon bombing case. All very crazy and confusing. It is being reported that police were asking (telling?) people to turn off their cell phones — not sure what that was all about.

I make reference further down to a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant and speculate on whether there is any connection, but I read today that the plant near Waco, Texas had earlier been cited for safety violations.

Have to go to bed. Maybe it will all make sense in the morning. Oh, one more thing, just heard via internet Mitt Romney talking quite eloquently about the current situation and complimenting the president on remarks he made. Romney sounded compassionate, responsible, and gracious, and even human — too bad for him that he did not seem to have it all together for the election. I know I am going off the subject at hand, but it makes me think that maybe for his sake (not mine) he should have been his own man and not listened to handlers.

UPDATE (4-18-13):

And now this Thursday morning the news is that a fire and explosion in a Texas fertilizer plant has killed a yet unknown number of people and wounded many others and completely leveled the plant and damaged adjacent structures, this happening yesterday. Authorities are treating it as a  crime scene, although they do not know at this time whether it was an industrial accident or a deliberate act. So we are left to wonder if it has any connection to the bombing of the Boston Marathon this week where three people were killed and nearly 200 wounded.

Coincidentally I was listening to an audio book yesterday (being a truck driver I do this sometimes) and in the fiction story involving terrorists, one person opines that the real culprits behind terrorism are people or organizations who want power and use others as their dupes to do the dirty work. I suspect such is at least part of the story.

I along with most people, I am sure, am hoping that we are not in for a round of sustained domestic terror.

Also I have read some criticism of the news media for jumping the gun and erroneously reporting that a suspect in the Boston case had already been arrested and was to be arraigned yesterday (as of this writing no one has been arrested yet). My guess is that there were reports from some usually reliable sources in law enforcement and they may have in fact had someone in mind or maybe even questioned or detained someone and then things changed.  Added to this, what with the internet, there is a plethora of news sources or outlets but they are all feeding on each other and added to this, the standard media outlets are doing with fewer and fewer people and lower budgets so they have become more dependent upon repeating rumors rather than solid reporting.

When I studied journalism long ago we were taught that one should strive to be first with the news, but first and accurate. That is a dilemma, because if you are first, chances are bigger that there will be at least some inaccuracy, and yet there is no percentage in being second — it’s kind of like sports.

Update to the Update: And also word today that a 45-year-old man from Corinth, Mississippi has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the mailing of ricin (poison) laced letters to President Obama and at least one senator. There are always deranged and misled people out there ready to do harm. It’s a fact of life.


I have no words of wisdom about the Boston Marathon bombing except nut case bombings seem to be contagious.

We have always had anarchists who for some reason think there is some reason or something to be gained from hurting innocent people.

I have not heard any word at this time what the motive might have been or whether some terrorist group is claiming responsibility. I have read that there is a Saudi Arabian man considered to be a person of interest. Maybe that report is not accurate. Of course it is easy and quite logical to assume it was the work of Muslim or Mid East terrorists. However the last time we did that it turned out to be a homegrown nut who with the help of some fellow nuts blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City.

We might wind up with a police state yet over such security concerns. That is about all this terrorism would accomplish.

Terrorism has been used in the past to accomplish what some might consider a work of a just cause — and I won’t go into that lest I be misinterpreted. But terrorism is never right. Hurting innocent people is never right.

What to do?

No answer.


I used the word anarchist and I know that some of the terrorists don’t fit that category but their methods threaten anarchy.