Arie W. Kruglanski

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A man identified by a lawyer as Cherif Kouachi, one of the two brothers who killed 12 people in the attack on the weekly paper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, is seen in this still image taken from Reuters TV video shot at a Paris courthouse while facing charges of helping smuggle Islamist fighters into Iraq, March 19, 2008. REUTERS/Reuters TV

As the high-tech war against Islamic State and al Qaeda rages on with drones, air strikes and artillery in the Middle East and Africa, a disturbing low-tech front is flaring up in the West using Kalashnikovs, explosives and axes. A surge in violence against presumed enemies of Islam is underway in major Western cities: Boston, Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels, London, Ottawa and Sydney. What makes these public assaults so confounding is that they’re not executed by a card-carrying member of a militant group. They’re instead carried out by “lone wolves”— individuals with virtually no connection to any militant organization.

In New York City, two young men were arrested Wednesday for plotting to aid Islamic State’s cause, despite what appears to be essentially no contact with the group, deepening concern about independent actors.…  Seguir leyendo »