Thursday, December 01, 2005

Suburban bombers

Here's a compelling article about a nice middle-class Belgian girl who recently blew herself up in Iraq. I've said before that I think that it's misguided to look for the "root causes" of terrorism, simply because it's dangerous to validate mass murder.

That said, isn't it interesting that so many terrorists actually come from comfortable middle-class Western families? Quite a few of the key Al-Quaida players were from rich European families. And, it's pretty much the opposite of what we're led to expect. If poverty and oppression are "root causes of terrorism", why are rich kid terrorists so common?

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