The common assumption that poverty causes terrorism, is just a call for Western nations to write more checks to governments of Muslim countries. It’s also demonstrably false. The New York Times reported that “not long after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001…Alan B. Krueger, the Princeton economist, tested the widespread assumption that poverty was a key factor in the making of a terrorist. Mr. Krueger’s analysis of economic figures, polls, and data on suicide bombers and hate groups found no link between economic distress and terrorism.”
CNS News noted in September 2013 that “according to a Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009, ‘Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.’ One of the authors of the RAND report, Darcy Noricks, also found that according to a number of academic studies, ‘Terrorists turn out to be more rather than less educated than the general population.’”
Note also how Channel 4 would rather suffer a fiery, painful death than air a report about how a wave of “Islamist extremism” was a consequence of new attention to Islam’s doctrines of jihad warfare against unbelievers.
“How poverty and corruption fuel terrorism across Africa,” Channel 4, April 16, 2021 (thanks to Henry):
On March 24th, a group of jihadis struck the town of Palma in Mozambique, killing dozens and burning government buildings to the ground.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack – but doubts have been cast over who was behind the siege. With a wave of Islamist extremism sweeping up Africa’s Eastern coast and across the Sahel, the origins of the attack could be far-reaching.
…a consequence of poverty, domestic grievances new and old, and Africa’s resource “curse”, which paradoxically impoverishes people living on land which is rich in natural resources.