What makes someone become an Islamic extremist? Is it poverty? Lack of education? A search for meaning? Haroon Ullah, a senior State Department advisor and a foreign policy professor at Georgetown University, shares what he discovered while living in Pakistan.
First, the liberal line that poverty & ignorance drive terrorism is obliterated by the fact that most Islamic Extremists are from the well read & well fed middle class.
Second, the desire for meaning & order. As Professor Ullah states, “Places like Pakistan are submerged in chaos and corruption. Islamists promise clear cut solutions to every problem: here’s how things will change if you follow these rules. And only these rules.”
Third, a desire for change. “The old corrupt order, the narrative goes, must be overthrown and that can only happen through violent action. Again, it is Islamists that step in — with a promise to create a new form of government.”
Then the Professor gives tangible methods of combating this epidemic. Watch the vid, & tell me what you think in the comments.