| “Massive diversity” among Islamic State jihadis, many have PhDs, master’s degrees, MBA’s
| Tuesday, April 19, 2016
|The high level of education among jihadis has been known for years,
but it still surprises the learned analysts.
Poverty and ignorance,
contrary to U.S. policy and widespread belief, do not cause terrorism.
The New York Times reported in March
that “not long after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001…Alan B. Krueger, the
Princeton economist, tested the widespread assumption that poverty was a
key factor in the making of a terrorist. Mr. Krueger’s analysis of
economic figures, polls, and data on suicide bombers and hate groups
found no link between economic distress and terrorism.”
CNS News noted in September 2013 that “according to a Rand Corporation report
on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of
Defense in 2009, ‘Terrorists are not particularly impoverished,
uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most
important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment).
Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged
One of the authors of the RAND report, Darcy Noricks, also
found that according to a number of academic studies, ‘Terrorists turn
out to be more rather than less educated than the general population.’” The “massive diversity,” by the way, is not in evidence in one area. The Islamic State recruits all have the same religion.“The ISIS Files: What Leaked Documents Reveal About Terror Recruits,” by Richard Engel, Marc Smith and Tracy Connor, NBC News, April 18, 2016 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:30 AM