I'm reminded of all the movies I've seen portraying outlaws as heroic figures, such as Jesse James or Billy the Kid. Did the Marathon bombers succeed in being perceived as heroic? Well, yeah, to some people they did. We should not forget in our conflict with Islam terrorists, that Islam is a religion that strongly upholds masculinity--Mohamed is no pacifist Jesus. Western civilization has very much emasculated the male. Masculinity is human nature, not some cultural artifact.