Violent Extremism in Western Societies

Terrorism is a form of psychological warfare. These groups promote their agenda through violence that shapes the perceptions of political and social issues.

Fearful reactions to Eastern terrorism is nothing new. Incidents of extremist activity are often followed by anti-Islam protests, hate crimes and new anti-terrorism policies. Such displays of intolerance only make Muslims feel like they don’t belong in Western countries, which makes it easier for ISIS to recruit.

Not only do we make it easier for Eastern terrorism to grow, we also fail to see that violent extremism in Western societies is growing.

Many attacks inspired by racist or xenophobic sentiments may appear spontaneous. These incidents have grown even more common since President Donald Trump’s election in the United States.

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The United States recorded a rise of 86% in antisemitic incidents in the first quarter of 2017.

We need to treat this type of violence as domestic terrorism. Counterterrorism policies should target dissemination of white supremacist ideology.

Murders motivated by racist sentiments.

  • Orlando Nightclub Massacre. 49 people were killed and 53 were injured. It was a direct attack on LGBTQ community by a homegrown western extremist.

We know their names:

  • Alt-Right
  • Anti-Abortion Extremists
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Skinhead Groups

Engaging in long-term communication and education.


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