Skip to comments.Kerry’s ‘Poor Jihadist’ Myth
Posted on 01/17/2014 4:50:06 AM PST by markomalley
The myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist never dies. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry is the latest Obama administration official to peddle this odious narrative. Cue John Lennons cloying Imagine, don your plaid pajamas, and curl up with a warm cup of deadly naïveté.
While meeting with Catholic Church officials at the Vatican in Rome on Monday, Kerry expounded on their huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet. In other words: If only every al-Qaeda and Taliban recruit had a fraction of Kerrys $200 million fortune, theyd all be frolicking peacefully with infidels on jet skis sporting Coexist bumper stickers.
This wasnt a one-off. Kerry delivered a similar Kumbaya-style discourse at the Global Counterterrorism Forum last fall: Getting this right isnt just about taking terrorists off the street. Its about providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment. Naturally, the Foggy Bottom apple doesnt fall far from the Pennsylvania Avenue terror-excusing tree. President Obama subscribes to the very same midnight basketball theory of counterterrorism. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Obama asserted that jihad grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.
The chronic cluelessness of the root-cause apologists of jihad never ceases to amaze. Britains MI5 reported in 2011 that two-thirds of the U.Ks jihad suspects were from middle-class backgrounds, showing there is no simplistic relationship between poverty and involvement in Islamist extremism. Thorough reviews of the empirical evidence shows, as the RAND Corporation has reported, that 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 backgrounds.
Heres a refresher cheat sheet:
Osama bin Laden, of course, was dedicated to spending every last penny of his inherited Saudi fortune estimated at between $50 million and $300 million to wage war on the West. Al-Shabaab jihadists have amassed their own terror campaign chest through the illegal ivory trade.
Privileged jihad funders from Qatar and other Gulf states heap their petro-dollars on al-Qaeda. The Taliban raised $400 million in one year, according to a 2012 U.N. report, not just from opium, but largely from donations, taxing local economies and extorting money from such targets as drug dealers, cellphone operators and aid projects. Indeed, since 2006, the Taliban have managed to finance an ever-increasing number of attacks, reflecting a year-on-year increase in income, the U.N. report said.
Memo to stupidly rich elitist John Kerry, richly stupid progressive Barack Obama, and the administrations bleeding-heart bureaucrats in a bubble: Financial bankruptcy is not, and has never been, the root cause of Koran-inspired hatred and violence against nonbelievers. Lack of intellectual stimulation is not, and has never been, the root cause of radical Islams centuries-old and never-ceasing imperative to establish a worldwide caliphate and conquer the West. The root cause of civilizational jihad is unmitigated evil and arrogance, not lack of compassion, understanding, or social justice.
Islamic terrorism never had such dutiful tools as the American fools who rationalize it.
There was a big article yesterday on alternate universe reality—I keep thinking kerry must be sliding from one to another.
It was Mr. Kerry who was involved with both the 911 and Boston Atrocities ... before the fact.
Does Mr. Kerry take responsibility HIMSELF????
#1: BEFORE THE BOSTON ATROCITY:
#2: BEFORE 911:
The current bunch of anti-Americans running our government don’t want the facts, ma’am.
Don’t forget the Tsarnaev Bros, who the NSA/FBI/TSA/INS etc. couldn’t catch while prying into the rest of us.
I want to wake up from this nightmare.
Notice that, when folks turn to Christianity they become more peaceful and better citizens, while folks to turn to Islam become bad co-workers and violent.
Had never seen that document before. Thanks for posting.
BUT, this is not the first time that John Fn Kerry consorted with the Enemy.
Lurch is stupid. He is an idiot. It is even questionable if he is a useful idiot.
Typical marxist drivel... everything — EVERYTHING to them ties back to class struggle.
After 9-11 many senators wanted to increase spending on foreign aid to counteract the spread of Islam and terror in Africa. At that time, some borrowed Gen Patton's phrase to describe the Germans in WW 2 during the Africa campaign to say that the Muslims were going through Africa like hot shit through a tin horn.
George Bush was opposed and made many speeches saying there is no link between poverty and terror.
But eventually Bush capitulated and at the UN confab in Monterey Mexico in 2002, Bush announced the foreign aid increase. And later, after the invasion of Iraq, Bush announced an additional increase of foreign aid.
The intellectual argument is that poverty breeds instability and Islam feeds/grows on instability. And where stability exists, Islam uses terror to destabilize. The 9-11 attack was an attack with weapons of mass disruption to destabilize the United States.
Sounds interesting. Do you have the link?