Would-be terrorists suck at life

From Foreign Policy:

There seems to be a pattern of mediocre sons from elite families becoming terrorists.

Osama bin Laden’s dad was a wildly succesful contractor with close ties to Saudi royalty. Underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father was a prominent Nigerian banker and one of the wealthiest men in Africa. Perhaps they feel like failures next to their successful dads, and militancy offers a pathway toward self-respect.

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  1. Shazad was a successful consultant who owned a pretty sweet house in Connecticut apparently. I’m not sure that’s sucking at life. The terrorism seemed to sabotage an otherwise successful life it seems in his case.

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