This article was written for The Guardian's Comment is Free, and can be found here…
There were moments of real shock and hurt, such as when Rich told me he wouldn't shake my hand because I was a "dirty kafir [unbeliever]", or when I watched as he and his "brothers" publicly burned the American flag on the anniversary of 9/11. But since the documentary, there have been moments of real hope too. I recently met Rich after he had been given the rare opportunity of a preview of my film.
Did I think they would actually translate that rhetoric into action? I didn’t think so, though at the same time there were people among the group who I felt were capable of going to such extremes. Most, though, appeared to be young men who felt empowered by talking the talk. It was bravado, I judged.
I'm not going to lament over innocence lost, or the tragic story of a white middle class boy from a seaside town who turned his back on a caring family and the world he grew up in. Sure, that's heartbreaking, and when I saw Rich in the dock pleading guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism, and compare him to the boy who I grew up with and once looked up to, I am simply lost.
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