State Department blames poverty for terrorism … what a canard

There they go again. Terrorists are created by the crushing poverty they face in their home countries. So, we need to give them aid instead of killing them, according this State Department mouthpiece.

Never mind that research in 2003 found that 13 percent of Palestinian suicide bombers were from impoverished families, though about a third of the Palestinians are impoverished. In addition, 57 percent of suicide bombers had some education beyond high school, though only 15 percent of the population did.

The poster boy for terrorism, Osama bin Laden, was the son of a billionaire construction company owner.

American Thinker provides this list of poor, poor put upon terrorists:

• Kahlid Sheikh Mohammed was a mechanical engineer

• Mohammed Atta grew up in a middle class household; his father was an attorney.

• Ramzi Binalshibh was a bank clerk.

Son of a billionaire

• Mohammed Atef was an Egyptian police officer.

• Marwan al-Shehhi was a soldier studying in Germany on an Army scholarship.

• Ziad Jarrah came from a wealthy Lebanese family and attended private, Christian schools.

• Abdulaziz Alomari graduated with honors from his Saudi high school and went on to graduate from college.

• Wail M. Alshehri was a Saudi P.E. teacher and university student.

• Waleed M. Alshehri, also a student, was Wail’s brother. Their father was a prominent Saudi tribal leader.

• Zacarias Moussaoui, the “20th hijacker,” had an MA in international business studies.

• Major Malik Nadal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, was a psychiatrist.

• Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the underwear bomber, was the son of a bank chairman.

• Hammam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, who killed eight CIA agents in Afghanistan last month, was a physician.

The more likely crucible from which terrorism arises is lack of civil liberties, as Alan Krueger wrote in The New York Times in 2003.

“The ultimate joke would be if civil liberties are sacrificed in the fight against terrorism, as a lack of civil liberties seems to be a main cause of terrorism around the world. Support for civil liberties should be part of the arsenal in the war against terrorism, both at home and abroad,” Krueger wrote.

But this administration won’t let the facts get the way of their story line.

21 comments on “State Department blames poverty for terrorism … what a canard

  1. The inmates are definitely running the asylum…it’s no wonder our enemies don’t fear us anymore. It’s past time to put some adults in charge of this pathetic administration.

  2. Bruce Feher says:

    More “progressive” crap!

  3. nyp says:

    here is some more “progressive” crap about poverty and terrorism:

    ” We fight against poverty because hope is an answer to terrorism. We will challenge the poverty and hopelessness and lack of education and failed governments that too often allow conditions that terrorists can seize and try to turn to their advantage.”

    George W. Bush, 2002

  4. nyp says:

    Yet more “progressive” crap:

    “Speaking at the World Economic Forum Friday morning, Secretary of State Colin Powell promised to follow through with the campaign on terrorism by going after its root: poverty.

    ‘We have to make sure that, as we fight terrorism using military means and legal means … we also have to put hope back into the hearts of people,’ Powell said. ‘We have to show people who might move in the direction of terrorism that there is a better way.'”

  5. Bruce Feher says:

    Putting me into poverty to help terrorists is PROGRESS CRAP nyp!

  6. Yep, all progressive crap no matter whose mouth it comes from. Neither was conservative.

  7. Barbara says:

    NYP – congrats. You finally have become enlightened and agree that statists regardless of party never let the facts get in the way of their preferred story line! What a red letter day!!!

  8. Rincon says:

    Of course poverty is related. There is little doubt that 20 million Arabs with no jobs and no future do have a tendency to gravitate to terrorist groups, but there is a far more important factor. How would our populace feel if Iran or Saudi Arabia invaded Mexico and then installed a puppet government? No, Iraq and Afghanistan’s governments aren’t of the puppet nature, but try convincing the average Arab of that.

    We just have to get out of the habit of being the most warlike nation on the planet (as measured by biggest armed forces by far and engaged in the largest number of conflicts by far) and the fire would die out on its own, partially because all of these fundamentalist maniacs would destroy each other. Is it also the fault of fundamentalist morons? Of course, but that’s not likely to change any time soon, so it’s a dead end. As expected. every time you kill one, half of his relatives want to avenge hid death, so they just keep multiplying. Stop poking a stick at the Mideast and things will improve after 5 or 10 years. We never learned from Viet Nam.

  9. Winston Smith says:

    Ever since the Sykes–Picot Agreement, the West has been screwing around in the Middle East, much to the dismay of peace loving people of all stripes.

  10. Steve says:

    Wealthy radical extremists (for real, not the imagined ones liberals are always calling conservatives) take advantage of the poor uneducated populace in the middle east.
    And they have been doing this for centuries. And, over time, it has been done by multiple religions at one place along the timeline or the other.
    The only constant in the middle east is oppression and war.
    The rest of the world should try only to contain this while staying out of it.
    Unfortunately, oil is in abundance in that area keeping the outsiders heavily involved in the, very deadly, games played there.

  11. nyp says:

    Here is some more of that leftist drivel:
    “This war will not be won by force of arms alone.We must help raise up the failing states and stagnant societies that provide fertile ground for the terrorists. We must defend and extend a vision of human dignity and opportunity and prosperity, a vision far stronger than the dark appeal of resentment and murder.
    To spread the vision of hope the United States is determined to help nations that are struggling with poverty.”

    George W. Bush, 2005

  12. Winston Smith says:

    petey, when will you realize that we’ve exposed GWB as a RINO, a fascist/globalist, a neo-con scum bag, so why bother playing that card? The false left/right paradigm is tumbling down…never to be used again.

  13. nyp says:

    Is the same true for Jeb Bush?

  14. Winston Smith says:

    Wow, just got out of the shower, and had a major epiphany while in there singing Zeppelin songs. Know how I’ve speculated that petey could be a CIA or NSA operative sitting in a cubicle all day? Or maybe Vin playing Devil’s Advocate with us?

    Boy, were those stupid thoughts.

    Yes, my epiphany is the following: petey is a DARPA AI program!

    Here are the clues:

    1) He never writes about anything personal.
    2) He never discusses political philosophy.
    C) He drones on and on as a Obama sycophant, with nary a criticism.
    4) He never, ever adopts contrary views, no matter how innocuous.
    E) Every 17 posts, he advertises ObamaCare, no matter the subject.
    6) He refuses to watch videos.

    As a long time programmer and systems analyst, it seems obvious now that he acts just like he’s programmed. And he doesn’t watch videos, because he can’t understand them. He can understand any speaking, but the visuals…nope.

    Anyway, hopefully this will help us deal with him better…

    War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength

  15. nyp says:

    Very pleased that at the end of the Open Enrollment period 11.4 million Americans have signed up for private healthcare coverage through the various marketplaces.

    That is a significant step forward towards a better, healthier, more financially secure America.

  16. Barbara says:

    NYP: And why should we have any confidence in that 11.4 million figure? It’s not like the government ever embellishes stats right? From personal experience, Obama care has made me less financially secure as I am now UNINSURED for the first time. ( On a good note, my paid- for- in- cash lung xray came back normal, so I don’t have pneumonia.) I’ve always known I’m unique 🙂 but I seriously doubt that I’m the only person to have become UNINSURED because of this stupid law.

  17. nyp says:

    yeah, it must be a conspiracy to produce faked numbers. Just like the unemployment statistics that Mr. Mitchell believes have been fabricated.

    PS: According to a Rand Corp. survey, the net number of Americans who now have health insurance protection increased by more than 9 million during the last open enrollment period. That’s “net”.

    Then again, perhaps those numbers are subject to the same grand statistical conspiracy.

  18. […] pointed out before, many terrorists are quite well educated and rather well off […]

  19. I can see it now…coming to a village near you…President Obama’s Jihadist Job Fair. Good grief…

  20. nyp says:

    Let’s not try to figure out what is going on — let’s just have war forever. Endless war.

  21. Rincon says:

    Barbara: Sorry to hear about your lack of insurance. .Would you be willing to tell us a little more about it?

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