Empowering Jihad: The Deadly Myth of a ‘Root Cause’


From Middle East Forum

Reports that “Jihadi John,” the British-accented narrator of ISIS snuff videos, is Mohammed Emwazi — an educated young man from a middle-class background — ought to put the final stake in the pretense that poverty and a lack of education and opportunity fuel Islamist hate.

This mistaken idea seems to be Obama administration policy.

Marie Harf, the US Department of State deputy spokesperson, recently said:

We cannot win this war by killing [jihadists]. We need to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is lack of opportunity for jobs. . . We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.

Of course, the news about “Jihadi John” is only the latest evidence to the contrary. These terrorists are often well educated and even wealthy. Osama bin Laden certainly was.

Many Islamist terrorists are physicians: Maj. Nidal Hasan (the Fort Hood shooter) and al Qaeda’s current leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

“Lady Al Qaeda” Aafia Siddiqui (the terrorist whom ISIS wanted to trade for James Foley, then for Steven Sotloff) was a scientist.

Mohammed Atta, the leader of the 9/11 crew, was an engineer and the son of a solidly middle class family. Another engineer: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Underwear Bomber, who is the son of a wealthy Nigerian businessman.

William A. Wulf, former president of the National Academy of Engineering, has noted, “In the ranks of the captured and confessed terrorists, engineers and engineering students are significantly overrepresented.”

Dr. Marc Sageman, a former CIA officer with a PhD from NYU as well as his MD, is the author of the landmark 2003 studyUnderstanding Terror Networks.”

This found that “two-thirds of al Qaeda’s members had a university education” and that “the vast majority of terrorists came from solid, middle-class backgrounds; their leadership hailed from the upper middle class. They came from caring, intact families.”

Blaming Islamist horrors on poverty only obscures the true problem: Jihadists are driven by an ideology — one that yearns to “restore” a mythical caliphate, one governed by the most austere version of Sharia law.

In a 2002 working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Alan Kreuger and Jitka Maleckova found that “poverty and low education don’t cause terrorism.” Indeed,

[A]ny connection between poverty, education and terrorism is indirect, complicated and probably quite weak. . . Instead of viewing terrorism as a direct response to low market opportunities or ignorance, we suggest it is more accurately viewed as a response to political conditions and long-standing feelings (either perceived or real) of indignity and frustration that have little to do with economics.

Which brings us to the way that President Obama and others are part of the problem. The Western liberal elites who reinforce the belief that Muslims and Arabs have been persecuted, profiled, spied upon, discriminated against, etc. are enhancing the ressentiment at the root of radical jihad.

This is just a new version of a long-standing problem on the left.

In “The Tears of the White Man: Compassion as Contempt” and “The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism,” Pascal Bruckner observed that Western left-wingers turned their romance with totalitarian communism into a dangerous flirtation with Third World struggles. Delusions of solidarity with and compassion for “the wretched of the earth,” he notes, empowered anti-Western, anti-Semitic and anti-colonial hatreds.

Safely situated leftists engaged in “pseudo-revolutionary posturing” and “political playacting,” which sacrificed women, infidels, dissidents and apostates.

Western elites view themselves as anti-racists ushering in a better world. Too bad they never think it through: Down with the Evil Western Empire, up with the . . . Even More Evil Islamist Empire?


I don’t understand why the PSP’s seem to think that this war on terrorism has anything to do with poverty or lack of education. If they lacked the funds then they wouldn’t have the weapons they do have. They would be using swords or knives to do ALL their fighting….not guns and missile launchers! If they lacked the education…they wouldn’t be making the videos that are like stage productions or have the understanding of how to wage a war in many areas at once.

These aren’t your peons and peasants…these terrorists have been educated in our own countries and have every advantage that all our children have.

Thinking they are disadvantaged youth is dangerous. It means that we will underestimate our enemies.

~Blessed B~

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17 Responses to Empowering Jihad: The Deadly Myth of a ‘Root Cause’

  1. Uriel says:

    These putzes are themselves ignorant and a poor example of our educational system. Left out of our classes is the understanding of JHAD—–dumbkoff’s whatever their own religious beliefs Jhadists are RELIGIOUS/GEOPOLITICAL FANATICS
    Get over Any idea of compromise or rational discussion. Their aim is WORLD DOMINATION OF ISLAM IN A ONE WORLD STATE.

    Great article!!

    • Blessed B. says:

      Thanks Uriel!

      There is no compromise with them ( cult followers) and one can not have a rational adult discussion about islam with them as they get very irrational in a hurry if one says anything against their belief.

      The putzes or PSP’s ( perpetually stupid people ) don’t think for themselves. Nor do they actually use common sense and research things for themselves. I truly believe they all have caught the stupid virus and it eats away their brains.

    • upaces88 says:

      This came from a Lockheed pilot who has had 3 assignments to Saudi Arabia.
      During the pilot transition program with the KV-107 and C-130 with Lockheed, we found that most Saudi pilot trainees had very limited night vision, even on the brightest of moon lit nights. Their training retention rate was minimal including maintenance personnel.
      Some had dim memories and had to be constantly reminded of things that were told to them the day before. Needless to say, an American, British or any other western instructor gets burned out pretty quick. It actually took Muslim C-130 pilots years before they could fly in the dark safely and then would be reluctant to leave the lights of a city. Ask any Marine, Air Force or Army guy who’s been trying to train Iraqis, and especially Afghans. They will say, “Yep, dumber than homemade dodo”.
      Islam is not only a religion, it’s a way of life all the way around. Yet another set of revealing facts about Muslim beliefs and traditions and ways of life.
      1400 years of inbreeding.
      I found this to be interesting. Didn’t know whether to believe it or not. To research I went to Wikipedia, “Cousin Marriage”, and far down in the article “Genetics”, it seems there is a lot of truth here.
      A huge Muslim problem: Inbreeding
      Nikolai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into a little-known problem in the Muslim world: the disastrous results of Muslim inbreeding brought about by the marriage of first-cousins.
      This practice, which has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses, was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 50 generations (1,400 years) in the Muslim world.
      This practice of inbreeding will never go away in the Muslim world, since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.
      The massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done virtually irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool, including extensive damage to its intelligence, sanity, and health.
      According to Sennels, close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred. In Pakistan, the numbers approach 70%. Even in England, more than half of Pakistani immigrants are married to their first cousins, and in Denmark the number of inbred Pakistani immigrants is around 40%.
      The numbers are equally devastating in other important Muslim countries: 67% in Saudi Arabia, 64% in Jordan, and Kuwait, 63% in Sudan, 60% in Iraq, and 54% in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
      According to the BBC, this Pakistani, Muslim-inspired inbreeding is thought to explain the probability that a British Pakistani family is more than 13 times as likely to have children with recessive genetic disorders. While Pakistanis are responsible for three percent of the births in the UK, they account for 33% of children with genetic birth defects.
      The risks of what are called autosomal recessive disorders such as cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy is 18 times higher and the risk of death due to malformations is 10 times higher.
      Other negative consequences of inbreeding include a 100 percent increase in the risk of still births and a 50% increase in the possibility that a child will die during labor.
      Lowered intellectual capacity is another devastating consequence of Muslim marriage patterns. According to Sennels, research shows that children of consanguineous marriages lose 10-16 points off their IQ and that social abilities develop much slower in inbred babies. The risk of having an IQ lower than 70, the official demarcation for being classified as “retarded,” increases by an astonishing 400 percent among children of cousin marriages. (Similar effects were seen in the Pharaonic dynasties in ancient Egypt and in the British royal family, where inbreeding was the norm for a significant period of time.)
      In Denmark, non-Western immigrants are more than 300 percent more likely to fail the intelligence test required for entrance into the Danish army.
      Sennels says that “the ability to enjoy and produce knowledge and abstract thinking is simply lower in the Islamic world.” He points out that the Arab world translates just 330 books every year, about 20% of what Greece alone does.
      In the last 1,200 years of Islam, just 100,000 books have been translated into Arabic, about what Spain does in a single year. Seven out of 10 Turks have never even read a book.
      Sennels points out the difficulties this creates for Muslims seeking to succeed in the West. “A lower IQ, together with a religion that denounces critical thinking, surely makes it harder for many Muslims to have success in our high-tech knowledge societies.”
      Only nine Muslims have ever won the Nobel Prize, and five of those were for the “Peace Prize.” According to Nature magazine, Muslim countries produce just 10 percent of the world average when it comes to scientific research measured by articles per million inhabitants.
      In Denmark, Sennels’ native country, Muslim children are grossly over represented among children with special needs. One-third of the budget for Danish schools is consumed by special education, and anywhere from 51% to 70% of retarded children with physical handicaps in Copenhagen have an immigrant background. Learning ability is severely affected as well. Studies indicated that 64% of school children with Arabic parents are still illiterate after 10 years in the Danish school system. The immigrant drop-out rate in Danish high schools is twice that of the native-born.
      Mental illness is also a product. The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of schizophrenic illness. The increased risk of insanity may explain why more than 40% of patients in Denmark’s biggest ward for clinically insane criminals have an immigrant background.
      The U.S. is not immune. According to Sennels, “One study based on 300,000 Americans shows that the majority of Muslims in the USA have a lower income, are less educated, and have worse jobs than the population as a whole.”
      Sennels concludes: There is no doubt that the wide spread tradition of first cousin marriages among Muslims has harmed the gene pool among Muslims. Because Muslims’ religious beliefs prohibit marrying non-Muslims and thus prevents them from adding fresh genetic material to their population, the genetic damage done to their gene pool since their prophet allowed first cousin marriages 1,400 years ago are most likely massive. This has produced overwhelming direct and indirect human and societal consequences.
      Bottom line: Islam is not simply a benign and morally equivalent alternative to the Judeo-Christian tradition. As Sennels points out, the first and biggest victims of Islam are Muslims. Simple Judeo-Christian compassion for Muslims and a common-sense desire to protect Western civilization from the ravages of Islam dictate a vigorous opposition to the spread of this dark and dangerous religion. These stark realities must be taken into account when we establish public polices dealing with immigration from Muslim countries and the building of mosques in the U.S.

  2. Hardnox says:

    The left has created this narrative only to further their wealth distribution schemes.

    • Blessed B. says:

      I think you are probably right!

      Even Justin Trudeau has said before that the muzzies need to be helped with jobs and education to raise them out of poverty. If we just did this then they would appreciate our values and principles and assimilate into our culture. PFFT!

      Liberals are such a clueless lot.

      • Uriel says:

        I vote all those wanting to help educate and provide jobs be immediately placed on a plane to Iraq. And on their little placards that children should wear be sure to tag “Do Not Return to Sender”

      • upaces88 says:

        Why in the world is he still in office!!! He sounds like an 11 yr old child.

        • Blessed B. says:

          He’s the leader of the Liberal party…. they ( the liberal members) voted him in to sit in that seat.

          He does sound like a child…constantly! Hasn’t had one clear idea in his head on anything….just blah, blah, blah!

  3. Kathy says:

    This tells us that the elitists think themselves as overly intellectual. Little do they realize that equating uneducated with criminal behavior makes them look like dunderheads. Indeed the are underestimating the enemy, BB.

    • Blessed B. says:

      LOL! Yeah…they are so much smarter than us pee-ons! If there was any truth to the “uneducated = criminal behavior” theory….then there should be many groups from different countries that are involved in causing mayhem and murder. There isn’t though, so their theory doesn’t hold water or ring true.

      The underlying cause of the terrorist groups and terrorists is the ideology of the cult they have been brainwashed to believe.

      Sometimes it’s a good idea to just look at the obvious and use the KISS method!

  4. upaces88 says:

    They seem to share the same “self hate” the blacks have. They all project that hate towards others. IF I make them like me, we’ll all be happier.

    “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result IS the definition of Insanity.”
    Albert Einstein.

  5. CW says:

    Excellent article, BB.

    Turns out the Islamic radicals are mostly university-educated, just like the radicals we are conducting a quiet civil war with here at home. It’s no wonder at all that Harvard alumni Obama & Co. (from assorted esteemed universities) want to establish the myth that poverty and lack of education drives people to tyrannize others.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Thanks CW! Yep….it is no wonder. They sure will be wondering though when it’s their heads that are starting to roll! I’ll bet though they still won’t clue in! They’ll just pick another stupid theory to be the cause.

      As the saying goes….if they had a single clue they’d be on the floor playing with it.