How a ‘regular American kid’ becomes a terrorist

Douglas McCain Facebook page.

“He was a good guy, he was a good loving funny guy. He was outgoing. He was a people person,” Isaac Chase, 28, of Minneapolis recalls of his acquaintance, Douglas McAuthur McCain.

“He was just a regular American kid,” another friend tells the San Diego Union Tribune.

And that’s why McCain is the kind of person who scares the heck out of people, because he apparently was also a killer fighting on behalf of the despicable and subhuman ISIS, the Islamic extremists taking over Iraq and Syria.

McCain, who attended school in Minnesota and was raised on Oregon Street in New Hope, converted to Islam about 10 years ago, he said on Twitter. He was killed in Syria, according to reports.

“How?” is the obvious question. But “how many more?” is a better one.

“These are very young men, and it seems pretty cool when you see your buddies standing on tanks with Kalashnikovs. You want to be part of that,” Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at Kings College London, tells NBC News.

That’s the world we live in. Genocide is cool.

But another Mideast expert says that any Americans who survive their battles in Iraq and Syria will return home discouraged and disillusioned, not dangerous.

We’ll see.