Should it surprise us that most of the would-be London terrorists were doctors? Not according to Princeton University economist Alan Krueger, whose research has found little correlation between poverty or lack of education and terrorism, despite the persistent conventional wisdom that they are linked. The Sept. 11 bombers, for instance, were educated and well-off citizens of Saudi Arabia.
What does seem to spawn terrorism is political oppression, he told the Wall Street Journal. “When nonviolent means of protest are curtailed,” he said, “malcontents appear to be more likely to turn to terrorist tactics.”
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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