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

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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].

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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.”

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