2015 January

Special Report: 10-Year Journey of Deepening Radicalism Turned Paris Brothers Into Hardened Killers

I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.



Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:43 PM EST

10-Year Journey of Deepening Radicalism Turned Paris Brothers Into Hardened Killers

In the year after the United States’ invasion of Iraq, a 22-year-old pizza delivery man here couldn’t take it anymore. Sickened by images of American soldiers humiliating Muslims at the Abu Ghraib prison, he made plans to fight United States forces in Iraq. He studied a virtual AK-47 on a website. Then he took lessons from a man, using a hand-drawn picture of a gun.

It was an almost laughable attempt at jihad, and as the day of his departure approached, the delivery man, Chérif Kouachi, felt increasingly unsure of himself.

“Several times, I felt like pulling out,” he later told investigators. “I didn’t want to die there.”

A decade later, Chérif Kouachi, flanked by his older brother Saïd, no longer had any reservations, as the two black-clad jihadists, sheathed in body armor, gave a global audience a ruthless demonstration in terror.

Walking with military precision into the guarded Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, they killed 12 people in the name of Allah. Then in the hours before the brothers died in a gunfight with police, Chérif took a call from a reporter, to make sure the world knew they carried out the attack on behalf of Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen.

Much remains unclear about the brothers’ lives. But thousands of pages of legal documents obtained by The New York Times, including minutes of interrogations, summaries of phone taps, intercepted jailhouse letters and a catalog of images and religious texts found on the laptops of Chérif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly, an associate who would later synchronize his own terror attack with the Kouachi brothers, reveal an arc of radicalization that saw them become steadily more professional and more discreet.


“Mike’s response…”

I disagree.

There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands who have similar experiences…

Why are they not all killers…?


4 replies on “Special Report: 10-Year Journey of Deepening Radicalism Turned Paris Brothers Into Hardened Killers”

Maybe we should see these attacks in the light of these kind of human dramas and crimes:
Anders Breivik in Norway:
List of Schoolshootings:
Massacre in the Parliament of Zug 2001:
Wisconsin Sikh tempe shooting:
Maybe we should be wary of the ‘war of civilization’ narratives?


Not sure we can…

but, we can reach out…

and we can start with knowing that there is a lot more there than you, me and we can see…

and we can know what we filter for…and what we need to filter (signal) for and let the rest find it’s way (noise)…

that’s about all I can say about that…(evoking forrest gump)


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