Looks like for a lot of terrorists, jihad is really just a great excuse to bro down:
…what really matters to [a terrorist group's] members—even its leaders—is that they are a band of brothers. Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist and former Central Intelligence Agency case officer in Afghanistan, collected the biographies of 400 terrorists who’d targeted the United States. He found that fully 88 percent became terrorists not because they wanted to change the world but because they had “friendship/family bonds to the jihad.
Quote taken from this Timothy Noah eight-part series of articles exploring possible reasons why the U.S. hasn’t been attacked since 9/11. The theories range from conciliatory to death-sweat horrifying and are color-coded for ease, from green to red. Notably, he’s begun with the greens and is saving the scaredy hammers for the coming week.