In a public statement released after the 9-11 attacks, Barack Obama blamed “a climate of poverty and ignorance” for the assault on America. Obama has repeated this claim that poverty breeds terrorism over the years.
Two months ago Secretary of State John Kerry made the same claim – that poverty breeds terrorism.
They’re both wrong.
A recent British research project found younger, educated and affluent Muslims were more prone to support terrorism.
Blazing Cat Fur Reported:
A British research study of Muslim radicalization is challenging some key conventional wisdom. It identifies “youth, wealth, and being in full-time education” as potential risk factors
Less than 3 percent of the 600 British Muslims surveyed by London’s Queen Mary University were sympathetic with terrorism, while another 6 percent “remained neutral.”
But those with the highest sympathy were respondents born in the United Kingdom, under age 20 and full time students. In addition, people from high income homes – more than £75,000 a year ($123,000) were more prone to sympathize with political violence.