Yeah I did mention mental illness earlier. The way I see the problem (terrorist attacks in the West) is as follows:
- There are a bunch of people, who are teaching that, for religious purposes, these sorts of attacks should be carried out.
- There are a handful of individuals in Western countries who are prepared to carry them out.
Attacking point one is difficult. You can't ban the religion, you can't regulate what people think, you can't police every dark corner of the internet. That's why I think the only solution is to work on point two.
The people who carry out these attacks tend to mostly have the same characteristic - young, socially and politically isolated and angry. That description applies to plenty of people. However there's another characteristic at play here - and that is mental illness. I firmly believe that by definition, you have to be mentally ill to go and kill a bunch of 14 year old girls at a concert, or to fly a plane into a building, or to take a truck and mow down people.
We generally accept this of people who commit mass shootings for non religious reasons. In my mind there is no difference between a crazy person who shoots a bunch of college students because none of the girls would ■■■■ him, or a crazy person who kills a bunch of people for a religious reason. Both people are still crazy - their motivation may differ but they are still mentally ill individuals, no matter the source of their motivation.
You might not be able to deal with the propaganda, you might not even be able to deal with the social isolation, but you CAN, with the right resources and systems, detect and treat mental illness early. If the West can manage to do that, then it doesn't matter what sort of propaganda comes out of the hills of Afghanistan, no one in the West will ever be so ill as to act on it.