Racial terror follows familiar paths

Different movements may have different ideologies, but terrorism based on ethnic and religious identities tend to follow similar paths. So it’s not surprising that experts on terrorist movements see striking similarities between western white nationalism and the rise of ISIS.

The ideological tracts, recruiting pitches and radicalization tales of the Islamic State during its rise echo, almost word-for-word, those of the white nationalist terrorists of today.

For the latter, the world is said to be careening toward a global race war between whites and nonwhites.“The Camp of the Saints,” a bizarre 1973 French novel that has since become an unofficial book of prophecy for many white nationalists, describes a concerted effort by nonwhite foreigners to overwhelm and subjugate Europeans, who fight back in a genocidal race war.

So-called manifestoes left by the terrorist attackers at Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Tex., have warned of this coming war too. They also say their attacks were intended to provoke more racial violence, hastening the fight’s arrival.

Apocalyptic visions, social media… the parallels are striking, and in many ways they’re feeding one another’s violent fantasies.

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