What’s the secret to being a successful terrorist?

Apparently mom’s advice applies to everything from being a doctor to being a violent extremist — study hard in school:

This paper compares the characteristics of 63 alleged homegrown Islamic terrorists in the U.S.A. to a representative sample of 1,000+ Muslim Americans. The alleged terrorists have about average level of education. Those with higher education were judged closer to succeeding.

Source: “What Makes a Homegrown Terrorist? Human Capital and Participation in Domestic Islamic Terrorist Groups in the U.S.A.”, Princeton University Industrial Relations working paper #533, September 2008

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