" ...it is just a ride, and we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a choice right now. Between fear... and love."
When I did see those pictures [of the bombers] and see what looked more like frat kids than jihadis or white supremacists the thought that came to mind to me was Columbine — no clear ideology just the hard underlying precipitate of young male alienation, cockiness and aggression.
It now seems clear that Islamic radicalism played some role in these attacks, quite possibly a lot…
However that may be, and speaking in general as opposed to about this particular case, I don’t think we should see these as mutually exclusive explanations. Particularly in America and with young men like this I think these ideologies are something more like sheaths into which the same young unattached male toxicity is poured.