|Choose Your Worries|
|Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:35|
Last year when I started to write a book about the dangerous attraction of terrorism to young North American males, including Canadians, a colleague commented, “Oh, I’m not worried about that stuff. Most people aren’t”.
Since then, at least three reports have emanated from the U.S. and Canada urging educators, parents, police forces and others to be aware of the accelerated growth of new domestic membership in international Al Quaeda networks. In fact, as of February 9, 2011, two aspects of the threat of a terrorist attack in North American draw more than a modicum of interest from global police forces and agencies and, as it happens, from a Chicago group I recently spoke to about the issue as it relates to education. First, the threat of an attack is as great if not greater than in September 2001, and, second, the threat is spearheaded by the ever-spawning number of well-trained and well-equipped domestic terrorist cells in Canadian and American cities.
We can’t spend all our time fretting about the insanity around us or the understandable or arbitrary violence fomenting among discontented youth across the globe. But we can choose what to worry about, and when. And if there exists a social and educational vacuum in which our young men, disenfranchised, are being lured to the dark life of ideological haters and killers, I want to know. More, still, I want to understand.
Time allowing and God willing, I’ll finish the book.