The Illusion that Poverty Causes Radicalization
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08-04-2015, 12:18 AM
RE: The Illusion that Poverty Causes Radicalization
(05-04-2015 09:25 PM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  
(04-04-2015 07:52 AM)Patriot10mm Wrote:  How then does one explain homegrown radical islamists in western countries where they have freedom, above average education, no censorship of the media and internet, etc?
Probably the same way someone explains Timothy McVeigh, the man responsible for the largest act of terrorism on American soil (the Oklahoma City Bombing) until the attacks on 9-11.

For the record, he was raised a Roman Catholic. Drinking Beverage


Actually, let me double down on this.


http://www.splcenter.org/lone-wolf

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politic...hear-about


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently released an in-depth report on terrorism in the United States. Covering April 2009 to February 2015, the report (titled “The Age of the Wolf”) found that during that period, “more people have been killed in America by non-Islamic domestic terrorists than jihadists.” The SPLC asserted that “the jihadist threat is a tremendous one,” pointing out that al-Qaeda’s attacks of September 11, 2001 remain the deadliest in U.S. history. But the study also noted that the second deadliest was carried out not by Islamists, but by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995—and law enforcement, the SPLC stressed, are doing the public a huge disservice if they view terrorism as an exclusively Islamist phenomenon.

The report, in a sense, echoed the assertions that President Barack Obama made when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in February and stressed that Muslims don’t have the market cornered on religious extremism. In the minds of far-right Republicans, Obama committed the ultimate sin by daring to mention that Christianity has a dark side and citing the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition as two examples from the distant past. Obama wasn’t attacking Christianity on the whole but rather, was making the point that just as not all Christians can be held responsible for the horrors of the Inquisition, not all Muslims can be blamed for the violent extremism of ISIS (the Islamic State, Iraq and Syria), the Taliban, al-Qaeda or Boko Haram. But Obama certainly didn’t need to look 800 or 900 years in the past to find examples of extreme Christianists committing atrocities. Violent Christianists are a reality in different parts of the world—including the United States—and the fact that the mainstream media don’t give them as much coverage as ISIS or Boko Haram doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.

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