2 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Thank you

Reader comment on item: Capturing Osama

Submitted by Brett (United States), Mar 9, 2004 at 09:55

Thank you so much for your eloquent arguments and explanations of the war we are in against militant Islam. In my opinion the single biggest misunderstanding is that terror is about poverty and not ideas. As you have argued, it is about ideas. What I do not understand, and would appreciate your thoughts, is why the Left continues to argue that it is about poverty, lack of opportunity, etc.?

The Left despises people who are motivated by money yet they seem to transpose those wishes on to people who do not even have them. What they seem to overlook is that the leaders of militant Islam, like other terrorists, are generally from middle to upper class families. As you know, this was also true with Lenin, Trotsky and Mao. These people are not motivated by money. Rather, they are interested in imposing some radical utopia.

I am a huge fan of your father ( I think I have about 5 of his books and I have recently ordered his autobiography) and I am amazed that one family can have this much intelligence and common sense. Did your father have a big inlfuence on you? What got you interested in the Middle East? What a coincidence (and good fortune for all of us) that you and your father specialized in the most important areas affecting the U.S. Thanks for the great work.

Brett
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Thank you by Brett

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2021 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)