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Krauthammer’s Take: Homegrown Radicals Like Ottawa Gunman ‘New Face of Terror’

Charles Krauthammer warned the West to get used to small-scale Islamist attacks like the one that brought Ottawa to a standstill on Wednesday, explaining that lone wolf, self-radicalized jihadists living in Western countries are “the new face of terror.”

The conservative columnist noted that Western security forces have become very good at preventing attacks like those that took place in the 1990s and on 9/11, when Islamists would send fighters over from foreign countries.

“Now what I think has happened, with the tremendous ideological appeal of ISIS . . . it’s now getting these individuals already in Western societies to act on their own,” he said. 

“It looks as if the appeal of ISIS is such that they can now spark these attacks without lifting a finger, without organizing what, for example, al-Qaeda in Yemen does: Create a bomb, send somebody on a plane,” Krauthammer explained. “And that’s the new face of terror.” 

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