Time To Stop Saying Terrorists Have ‘Been Radicalised’

So why, when someone knowingly and deliberately chooses to embrace a cancerous and poisonous ideology which has been responsible for mass murder and attempted genocide, do we act as though they’re passive bystanders and say they ‘have been radicalised’? This form of words perniciously removes a sense of responsibility from those who choose evil over good, of their own free will. It’s not as though we look at a burglar, arsonist or drug dealer and say ‘they have been criminalised’. We simply call them criminals. If they’ve come from a difficult background we might sympathise with that, and indeed we might very well want to improve the quality of life for others in similar situations, but we recognise that many people faced with similar troubles choose of their own volition an honest life rather than one of crime.

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