A Digest Debunking the “Poverty Causes Jihad” Myth


Given that State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Monday night that the U.S. needs to focus on the “medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups,” such as “lack of opportunity for jobs” we feel compelled to comment. Harf went on to say:

“We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”

There is so much delusion in Harf’s statement that we could fill volumes analyzing her profound ignorance. The old yarn that poverty is the root cause of Jihad is a favorite of the Left in the West, and Secretary of State John Kerry in particular.


We were going to write up a post refuting the contention that the key to stopping Jihad is “jobs” but given that many others have covered this subject extensively, we figured that the best service we could provide would be to provide a digest of some of the best work on the subject over the years…

Kerry’s ‘Poor Jihadist’ Myth

It’s time to put to rest the canard that terrorism “grows out of a climate of poverty.”   


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