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.

  • Moffitt

    Minnesota seems to be a leader In the area of American citizens joining foreign terror organizations. That’s not a distinction to be proud of.

    • J F Hanson

      It speaks to the naive, if sincere, policy of providing virtually unregulated immigration of groups regardless of their historical ties to religious intolerance, I think.

      • Moffitt

        You’re right. No more white men from the South welcome here!

        • J F Hanson

          It’s been a long time since the hate was so readily acknowledged.

          Speaking as a native-born Minnesotan, I am glad to see a more-honest dialogue has begun.

          • Jerry

            Groups with historical ties to religious intolerance? You mean every group ever?

      • Jerry

        Yeah, but it’s too late to kick the republicans out of the country now.

      • Cat

        McCain was not an immigrant. He was born in the US.

        • J F Hanson

          Right. And he became a convert to a religion currently noted (as well as historically) for various sects’ intolerance to other religions.

          So,, who /; what prompted him to convert?

          • Cat

            Neither of us has any way of knowing.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    Unless he’s supremely bad at laundry, he looks to be wearing a counterfit Twins jersey.