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From Boston to Paris, terrorism acts abound

The trial of 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to get under way Jan. 26 in a federal courtroom in Boston. Jury selection has already begun.
You may remember that Tsarnaev is accused of the bombing that killed three people and injured nearly 260 people at the Boston Marathon nearly two years ago.
According to news accounts, his attorneys are expected to argue that Tsarnaev was under the mind control of his older brother (by seven years), Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police after the bombing. Typical defense: blame the dead person.
Both men apparently were radical Islams who were influenced by watching Anwar al-Awlaki lectures.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also was injured in the shooting, but survived. Since his arrest, he has been isolated in a medical facility, with limited family visits. According to several sources, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted that the brothers intended to target Times Square in New York City next.
The news of the start of the Tsarnaev trial was quickly eclipsed in media reports by another attack of terrorism — the raid of a satirical newspaper in Paris by radical Islam terrorists, just the start to a spree of terroristic events that included the taking of hostages at a kosher supermarket. Altogether, 20 people — including three militants — have been killed in the melee in France.
Again two brothers, ages 34 and 32, were instrumental in the destruction and terror that struck Paris last week. Assisting was another terrorist, age 26.
One cannot help but be struck by the fact that the terrorists involved in these attacks have all been relatively young — most under the age of 35.
It makes one wonder how it is that they came to be so captured by radicalism … so much so that they prefer to be martyrs to their so-called causes than to live out their lives to a ripe old age, even if it that time is spent in captivity.
What is it that attracts young people to the realm of terrorism? To so willingly offer up their lives? To cause such mass destruction, which has done nothing to help their causes, except to unite the free countries of the world against them? What has been so lacking in their lives that they feel the need to fill them with hatred, revenge and martyrdom?
We may never know. So many of these terrorists fulfill their desire of martyrdom and die before we can ask them.
We’re hoping that the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will help us understand the answers to some of these questions, and to discover how we can prevent more young people from being recruited to terrorism in the future.