We need to do a better job at identifying the process of radicalisation and intervening when it is not too late
There was a significant amount of speculation in the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich attack that the perpetrators were self-starting ‘lone wolves’ who emerged practically out of the blue. The fear is that these types of individuals can become radicalised very quickly with little external influence making their attacks almost impossible to predict and stop.
In fact, like many other extremists who become involved in violence, such as those caught in Birmingham bomb plot, the assailants appear to have been on a lengthy ‘journey’, leading them from being ‘typical’ kids, to becoming violent terrorists.
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