When a young Muslim man, self-radicalised online, kills in the name of Islamist ideology, we have no trouble calling him a terrorist and connecting him with groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
When a young white man, similarly self-radicalised, kills in the name of racist ideology - even when he publishes a manifesto to that effect - we tend to call him "disturbed". We speak about him as a troubled loner, rather than a member of a wider network.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2019, with the headline 'I spent nearly 25 years fighting Islamists - white supremacists aren't so different'. Subscribe
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