So much for the lie that poverty causes terrorism.
Despite the mainstream media’s refusal to accept it, there is one factor more reliable than any other in predicting whether an individual will engage in terrorist acts against the United States and its allies:
(1) It’s not whether he lives in third world poverty and resents being overshadowed by the imperialist West. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, was the son of a prominent, wealthy Nigerian bank chairman. Abdulmutallab attended the British School in Togo and University College London, the latter of which cost as much as Obama shells out for his daughters to attend a semester at Sidwell Friends. Abdulmutallab’s college dorm was a $6 million apartment in London’s West End.
If poverty caused terrorism, then a corollary of this argument is that a country’s efforts to relieve poverty should prevent terrorism. Yet the U.S. provided Arlington, VA-born Major Nidal Malik Hasan with a free medical education worth tens of thousands of dollars, which apparently did not console him enough to prevent him from murdering fellow soldiers on his military post in Ft. Hood, Texas. Indeed, Hasan planned and carried out the attack after having been promoted from captain to major, despite miserable performance reviews.
John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban,” grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and San Anselmo, California and attended a “California Distinguished School” in the Tamalpais Union High School District. read more »