…terrorism suspects from atypical backgrounds are becoming increasingly common in Western Europe. With new plots surfacing every month, police across Europe are arresting significant numbers of women, teenagers, white-skinned suspects and people baptized as Christians — groups that in the past were considered among the least likely to embrace Islamic radicalism.
The demographics of those being arrested are so diverse that many European counterterrorism officials and analysts say they have given up trying to predict what sorts of people are most likely to become terrorists. Age, sex, ethnicity, education and economic status have become more and more irrelevant.
Those who haven’t will simply demand more and more information, in the vain hopes that something useful will come out if you pour enough garbage in.
Photo: “Due,” by Fotoharing, with no implications: it’s simply a cool photo of a profile.
[Update: added a word, in italics, to that last sentence.]