(The following excerpt from American Jihadis Douglas McCain And Troy Kastigar: From Losers To Martyrs recently appeared on thedailybeast.com. To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)
If you can’t make it anywhere, you can make it there—that, at least, seems to have been the theory of Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar, friends who ended up with ISIS and al-Shabab.
Why be a loser when you can be a martyr?
That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.
The same dynamic has driven other disappointed souls and threatens to drive many more, as ISIS and al-Shabab and their murderous ilk offer an exciting travel destination to those who are going nowhere.
A plane ticket can take you from jerk to jihadi.
And if you can’t make it anywhere, you can make it there.
But while it…
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