Addressing the Process of Radicalization, its Path to Terrorism, and the Canadian Solution

Identifying the root causes of why radicalization occurs cannot be neatly compartmentalized into a single unifying template. Taking a holistic view of the problem provides evidence that the variables which affect a young man or woman’s decision to join al Shabaab in Somalia are not the same motivations as a group of self starter jihadi cells from a middle class neighborhood in downtown Toronto. Although Western cities are geographically far removed from the urban battlefields of Syria and the sectarian violence that now engulfs Iraq, there are ideological underpinnings that connect a new generation of neo-Salifists (through the use of social media sites and the internet) with affiliates of Takfiri groups acting  as 3rd party intermediaries or enablers to disenfranchised youth. The sum total of radicalization can be a tangible one, culminating in a person living in the US, Canada or Europe becoming a trans-national terrorist and traveling overseas to receive advanced…

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Odhinn Kohout

Odhinn Kohout teaches advanced close quarter combatives (CQC) to Military/Police personnel worldwide. He is also a Masters' Degree Candidate in Terrorism studies.