links for 2010-05-07

May 8, 2010
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    The familiar process of self-selection into extremism is today stimulated by a media-driven political awakening in which jihad is represented portrayed as the only way to resolve global injustice. When this perceived injustice resonates with frustrated personal aspirations, then a way out is given meaning through moral outrage supporting violent action. Al-Qaida and associates do not so much recruit as attract and enlist disaffected souls already embarked on a path to violent extremism.
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    Scott Atran is a research scientist at France's National Centre for Scientific Research, the University of Michigan, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. He is the author of Talking to the Enemy (Penguin, TBA).</i></p>
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