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Submitted by Joel Davidson (United States), May 22, 2002 at 01:53

This was a fascinating article and it certainly does point out many reasons why money alone will not help the situation. (Pipes has largely changed my thinking here). However, I have one comment and two questions:

Comment: "Revolutions take place, it has often been noted, only when a substantial middle class exists" (Pipes). In fact, however, the Leninist-Russian revolution occurred in an extremely poor nation with almost no middle class. Marx believed the revolution would occur first in a more industrialized nation with a substantial working class, but it didn't.

Question 1: If it is not the poor, in general, who become Islamists, is it possible that creating a more stable economy and more democratic government (I agree that a rich dictatorship is not in our interests) would enable the poor to lock up the Islamist terrorists more easily? Certainly they'd have more time to police, etc.

Question 2: Isn't there a humanitarian benefit in helping the poor of other nations, regardless of whether it solves our terrorism problems? I agree that if aid makes terrorism much worse, it will in the long-run hurt the recipients because we will eventually have to attack the country to get to the terrorists. But if it doesn't dramatically increase terror, helping millions of people is a worthwhile goal.


I look forward to reading more stimulating essays. Thanks!

Sincerely,
Joel

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Millitant Islam [140 words]unknownApr 15, 2012 22:17195102
1How Wealthy is Wealthy? [63 words]ABCFeb 8, 2011 20:58182471
3Militant Islam itself causes poverty [62 words]DanSep 17, 2010 06:47178349
Terrorists' call for parents to keep their kids home [97 words]RajeevSep 29, 2010 00:53178349
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1Islam is the cause [38 words]McGarryJan 19, 2009 05:0578940
Islamlic religion is the cause of poverty. ? [302 words]Ben OthmanSep 27, 2010 23:4978940
3Has some one explored this hypothesis [121 words]RajeevOct 3, 2010 17:2178940
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1Ignorant of Indian History. [71 words]aktApr 15, 2012 22:4378940
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Poverty one of the biggest contributors. [229 words]bilalDec 5, 2005 13:0829431
Power not Poverty [76 words]Benjamin OrionJul 22, 2005 15:0023702
2Iranian exprience [183 words]Shahin ShadmerJul 17, 2003 23:2310077
3Only Muslims can solve this problem [214 words]BharatiJan 11, 2003 10:315671
Financial Aid Alone Won't Solve the Problem But... [220 words]Joel DavidsonMay 22, 2002 01:53435

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