Radical Attitudes and Jihad: A Commentary on the Article by Clark McCauley (2012) Testing Theories of Radicalization in Polls of U.S. Muslims


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP), University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, Fairy Meadow, NSW Australia 2522 [e-mail: smullins@uow.edu.au].


McCauley's research adds to what we know about sympathy for elements of the “global jihad frame” among the wider U.S. Muslim population and establishes the need for a targeted and differentiated approach to persuasive communication aimed at undermining sympathy for terrorism. This commentary aims to supplement McCauley's paper with a brief discussion of the distinction between radical thought and action, and what this means for the “war on ideas.”