Some time ago, we posted a description on the general consensus of the characteristics of a terrorist, and the Times Square terrorist did not disappoint! Your typical, home grown, Islamic terrorist consists of:
• Ordinary people with little criminal history.
• Tend to radicalize on their own.
• Looking for an identity and a cause.
• Triggered by losing a job or a loved one, experiencing racism, or opposing war.
This describes Faisal Shahzad who plotted the attempted bombing using an SUV filled with make-shift bomb material. He was an ordinary citizen. William Greenspan, adviser for undergraduate business students at the University of Bridgeport where Shahzad attended, claimed that, "He was personable, a nice guy, but unremarkable." Shahzad had no criminal past, and he radicalized on his own, going to Pakistan and learning the bomb trade.
He had a decent job as an analyst for the Affinion Group, a marketing firm, but Shahzad ended up defaulting on his $200,000 mortgage, and the property is in foreclosure. Shahzad was educated and married, but he left his job which may have been caused by some kind of identity issue, and of course, leaving for Pakistan is looking for a cause.
So, Shahzad, you fit the mold of a terrorist. You're unremarkable; you look for a cause, and something triggers in your life. Islam has turned you into such a cliché! Get a life!