Wasn’t it just a few days ago that Secretary of State John Kerry declared that we can combat
radical Islam Violent Extremism simply by getting them jobs and education?
This has been a standard riff from the Obama Administration for years.
In fact, it was the always stupid Marie Harf back in February 2015 who claimed that we cannot kill our way to victory over ISIS; we have to win the war by offering them jobs!
This fiction that Muslims become “radicalized” because they are poor, uneducated and unemployed has been the go-to lie of the Left since Illinois State Senator Barack Obama kvetched over the poverty and lack of opportunities that led to the 9/11 attack.
Said John Kerry’s future boss on September 19, 2001:
Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair. … [W]e will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe – children not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and within our own shores.
Yeah. There’s just one problem. It isn’t true.
Take a look at the faces of those “embittered children” who perpetrated the terrorist attack in Bangladesh.
Yeah. ISIS’ “media arm” (something all impoverished, unemployed groups have) released these grinning photos of the animals who slaughtered twenty people in that café.
These “embittered children” didn’t spring up from a “climate of poverty” at all.
From India Today:
Even as Bangladesh tries to come to grips with the deadly terror attack in Dhaka, it has been revealed that one of the slain terrorists, Nibras Islam, was an educated young boy who came from an affluent family.
But, but, but…
They need jobs!!!
But Nibras Islam wasn’t the only one of these animals who was living a life the Left ordinarily attributes to “White Privilege.”
Some of the other youths involved in the attack also seem to have belonged to affluent families and had passed out of top-notch schools in the city like Scholastica and Turkish International School.
So, why do they do it? Well, according to Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, becoming radical extremists has “become a fashion.”
You know, like Metrosexual Lumberjack beards and skinny jeans.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch points out that studies show radical Islamic terrorists tend to have more education than your average bear:
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 backgrounds.’ 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.’”
So why the big lie that terrorists spring up in a “climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair?”
Why do you think?
To grant them Victimhood.
The Left have become masters of excusing away terrorism by assigning to those who commit these acts the mantle of “Victim.” And, if they’re “Victims,” the fault for their actions lies with someone else — usually people from wealthy free market countries. You know, like America.
It’s all about perpetrating the lie that America, not Islamic supremacism, is the cause of
terrorism “violent extremists.”
It’s how imbecilic college professors can claim that America’s “toxic masculinity” is responsible for Omar Mateen shooting up a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
It’s exactly why clueless nitwits can march in New York’s Gay Pride parade with a banner that reads “Republican Hate Kills” ostensibly to memorialize those murdered in Orlando.
You see, it’s never the terrorists’ fault. They’re victims. Victims of poverty (though they’re not), victims of the non-existent “Islamophobia.” Victims of American “imperialism,” “intolerance” and “greed.”
And of course, Victims of “Climate Change.”
The Left have become so blinded by their own hatred for Western Civilization — not to mention their desire to shield Islam — they have no qualms lying about the incipient causes of radical Islamic terror.
And this flagrant lie is going to get even more people killed.
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