COHEN: There’s something about terrorism that I’ve always admired. The fact that there are no alibis or no compromises. That position is always very attractive.
This is not an uncommon sentiment. People may or may not recall that the weeks after 9/11 saw an unprecedented surge in Americans and Europeans converting TO Islam. In the US, the internal estimates I saw were somewhere just shy of 100K people.
I have no idea how many of those converts “stuck” over time == Islam can be remarkably unfriendly to Western converts == but it appears that Cohen’s sentiment played out in real time.