Texas attack shows evolution of ‘lone wolf’ militants

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An aerial view shows the area around a car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, as it is investigated by local police and the FBI in Garland, Texas

An aerial view shows the area around a car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, as it is investigated by local police and the FBI in Garland, Texas. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Rex Curry

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(Reuters) U.S. official said investigators believed it was likely Islamic State militants played an "inspirational" rather than an "operational" role in the attack.

  • Larry

    Has anyone ever considered that groups like Al Queda and ISIS don’t actually do much when it comes to these “lone wolf militants” but just takes credit?

    In many ways Al Queda and ISIS became the “Hello Kitty” of terrorism. As silly as that sounds, let me explain. Sanrio corporation owns the Hello Kitty image and makes its money licensing it out. They don’t produce anything with the Hello Kitty logo. They farm it out to practically any takers (including firearms and “pleasure toy” manufacturers)

    Much in the same way, ISIS is a name brand for terrorists to invoke when they want to sound like they are part of a greater whole. Not just a bunch of violent ne’er do wells. ISIS doesn’t care because it inflates their importance. The terrorists sound much more fearsome.

  • Be Brave

    This is about what Islam IS and what Muslims do.

    The Koran and consistent Islamic and world history is quite clear that non-Muslims are enemies that must be subjugated and/or murdered.

    The person that takes the credit for Muslims killing people is Muhammad the prophet of allah and the people known as Muslims that carry out the directions of this religious and political movement.

    Islam was and is spread by Muslims like ISIS-Muslims. They are just doing what a Muslims does and are acting like Islam directs.

  • Larry

    BB, you may receive your check from ISIS at the nearest Saudi Consulate. Good work supporting the Islamicists. Giving them legitimacy and claiming they speak for the entire faith of Islam.

    Then again, what should I expect from a fundamentalist. You are delusional enough to claim to speak for all of Christendom. So naturally of course you think like-minded extremists do the same for Islam.

  • Greg

    Well the Islamic “moderates” seem to be very quiet when it comes to condemning the brutal death and destruction of the so-called radicals. Either they are hand-wringers, or offering quiet support for their more aggressive brothers. You’d think by now they would be marching on Washington condemning the fundamental Mohammedans.

  • Larry

    That’s a well worn fiction as well. There are usually well publicized and readily accessible stories of moderates (usually those living in freedom loving places like the US) speaking out and denouncing extremists. It is well documented enough to make your statement an off told screed and outright lie.

    But just like Christian fundamentalists deny the existence and legitimacy of moderates and liberal sects of their own faith, they do so for other faiths as well. It takes an extremist to know an extremist.