A New Type of Hybrid Terror (Part 1): All-American Sons
Not having a way to categorize the motives behind these acts of terror is scary. It’s scary because this type of terrorism may cross the tightly confined understandings we harbour.
It's petrifying because if these suspects really are the culprits behind the bombings, and they do carry both radical religious sentiments and All-American credentials, than we might have to reformulate an altogether new understanding of terrorism that goes far beyond what we understand now.
It is scary because we may have to admit to ourselves that domestic acts of terrorism and international terrorism have more in common than we want to believe.
Most unsettling, is that we must understand that we cannot categorize. That we must live with the uncomfortable fact that all we know is what we don’t know. And we may not know for a while. And that is a scary place for America.