Terrorist Profile Changing?
Not really, but the WSJ appears to think so
:As British police piece together the alleged plot to down airlines over the Atlantic, emerging details point to a troubling -- and growing -- strain in Islamic terrorism in Europe: the involvement of women and middle-class, university-educated young men.
They contrast this with loser Richard Reid, but really he's the odd man out. Mohammed Atta was middle class and well-educated. Looking back to the 1960s and 1970s generation of US terrorists--the Weather Underground, the SLA, many of their members were well-educated and came from middle to upper middle class homes. This is not all that surprising, since the poor are too busy scraping by, and the uneducated are probably harder to indoctrinate.