We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Maggie's has been over this ground several times. (I could bring the posts up if we could figure out how to do the permalinks.) This is just more evidence that Maggie's is always right. Our general view has been that terrorism is caused by terrorists - ordinary evil, destructive folks like the ones The Analyst discusses - and this supports that. When will we quit trying to "understand" badness? Rotten sleazy people are a dime a dozen in this world. What's to understand?
What is worth understanding is goodness and selflessness and sacrifice and integrity. How does that kind of behavior appear in ugly apes like homo sapiens for whom the Law of the Jungle seems to come naturally?
"London's Sunday Times has reported on new research that reveals that the typical al-Qaeda recruit is a well-educated professional. He is likely to have been educated in the West and come from a wealthy family, according to forensic psychiatrist and researcher Marc Sageman, who examined the backgrounds of 500 al-Qaeda members."