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Kerry’s ‘Poor Jihadist’ Myth
National Review ^ | 1/17/14 | Michelle Malkin

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 Lennon’s 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 Kerry’s $200 million fortune, they’d all be frolicking peacefully with infidels on jet skis sporting “Coexist” bumper stickers.

This wasn’t a one-off. Kerry delivered a similar Kumbaya-style discourse at the Global Counterterrorism Forum last fall: “Getting this right isn’t just about taking terrorists off the street. It’s about providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment.” Naturally, the Foggy Bottom apple doesn’t 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. Britain’s MI5 reported in 2011 that two-thirds of the U.K’s 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.”

Here’s 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 administration’s 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 Islam’s 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.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: malkin; poorjihadists; poverty; secstatekerry; terrorism; wot

1 posted on 01/17/2014 4:50:06 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

There was a big article yesterday on alternate universe reality—I keep thinking kerry must be sliding from one to another.

2 posted on 01/17/2014 4:54:33 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: markomalley

It was Mr. Kerry who was involved with both the 911 and Boston Atrocities ... before the fact.

Does Mr. Kerry take responsibility HIMSELF????


#2: BEFORE 911:

Kerry failed to act on pre-9/11 tip

3 posted on 01/17/2014 4:58:07 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: markomalley

The current bunch of anti-Americans running our government don’t want the facts, ma’am.

4 posted on 01/17/2014 4:58:33 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: markomalley

Don’t forget the Tsarnaev Bros, who the NSA/FBI/TSA/INS etc. couldn’t catch while prying into the rest of us.

5 posted on 01/17/2014 5:17:14 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: txrefugee

I want to wake up from this nightmare.

6 posted on 01/17/2014 5:21:04 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: markomalley
I'm not as worried about the poor bedouin living in the desert, as I am with the westernized Muslims who see the emptiness of Consumerism, are shocked by the lewdness and licentiousness of lib chicks (who are either too easy, or don't give them the time of day), and can't fill the hole in their empty hearts (because they don't see Christ as their Savior).

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.

7 posted on 01/17/2014 5:30:44 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. DonÂ’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Diogenesis

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.

8 posted on 01/17/2014 5:31:54 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: markomalley

Typical marxist drivel... everything — EVERYTHING to them ties back to class struggle.

9 posted on 01/17/2014 5:40:51 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: markomalley
Kerry has proved his traitorous beliefs with his baby killer and war criminal remarks for Viet Nam Veterans and calling current Veterans nothing short of terrorists. His rich world bank buddies make the billions of dollars flowing in the middle east look small.
10 posted on 01/17/2014 5:52:46 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ScottinVA; Texas Fossil
We have been through this before. In 2001 and 2002.

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.

11 posted on 01/17/2014 7:00:30 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: freeangel

Sounds interesting. Do you have the link?

12 posted on 01/17/2014 10:16:17 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Try this:

13 posted on 01/18/2014 10:20:48 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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