Attila the Pun
Monday, April 04, 2005
Why do they hate us?

Terrorism is bred by the "root causes" of poverty, resentment, the US blah blah etc etc - right?

The analysis of 500 members of Osama bin Laden's organisation has turned Western experts' presumptions about al-Qa'ida upside down.

Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist who conducted the study, said he assumed it would find that most recruits were poor and ill-educated.

"The common stereotype is that terrorism is a product of poor, desperate, naive, single young men from Third World countries, vulnerable to brainwashing and recruitment into terror," he said.

However, his study showed 75per cent of the al-Qaeda members were from upper-middle-class homes and that many were married with children; 60 were college-educated, often in Europe or the US.

And a lot of them were from Saudi Arabia - an erstwhile ally. The article finishes with this:

But Dr Sageman and Mr Anas agree that more recent al-Qaeda recruits are likely to come from less privileged backgrounds.

So you have admitted that your previous assumptions were completely wrong, but we should take your word for it that you will be correct about more recent recruits?

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