Friday, February 27, 2015

'Jihadi John' Does Not Fit The Typical Profile For A Terrorist (Or Does He?)

Peter Bergen, CNN: 'Jihadi John': The bourgeois terrorist

(CNN)This is how top national security reporters Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman of the Washington Post, who broke the story that Mohammed Emwazi has been identified as the notorious ISIS terrorist known as "Jihadi John," describe him: "a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming."

They go on to say that Emwazi "was raised in a middle-class neighborhood in London" and attended the University of Westminster, which is a university in London that was founded in the early 19th century.

Emwazi poses something of a problem for the Obama administration's narrative about who becomes a terrorist and why. Last week, the administration hosted a three-day conference on "Countering Violent Extremism," which is a government euphemism for how best to deal with Islamist terrorism.

Update: Revealed, the face of the world's most reviled killer: First picture of Jihadi John as an adult before he flew to Syria to become ISIS executioner -- Daily Mail

WNU Editor:The debate on what made Mohammed Emwazi into a "blood-thirsty" terrorist is just beginning.

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