National security analyst: Islamic ideology drives terrorism – not lack of opportunities and poverty

The Muslim Issue

(CNN)  The Obama administration this week hosted a three-day conference on “Countering Violent Extremism,” which is a government euphemism for how best to deal with Islamist terrorism.

Already a predictable tsunami of nonsense has washed over us about the “root causes” of terrorism. We have heard from Obama administration officials and even the President himself that terrorism has something to do with lack of opportunities and poverty. Obama said on Wednesday that “we have to address grievances terrorists exploit, including economic grievances.”

He said, “when millions of people — especially youth — are impoverished and have no hope for the future, when corruption inflicts daily humiliations on people, when there are no outlets by which people can express their concerns, resentments fester. The risk of instability and extremism grow. Where young people have no education, they are more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and radical ideas…”

Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen

The President did…

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