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September 30, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry wants to give more money to (potential) terrorists.

Launching a new global counter-terror fund, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the importance of “providing more economic opportunities for marginalized youth at risk of recruitment” – although much research has debunked the notion of a link between poverty and Islamist terrorism.

At a meeting in New York Friday of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), Kerry and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a $200 million initiative designed to leverage public and private funding in support of what the GCTF calls “countering violent extremism” (CVE) efforts.

It has long been a trope of liberal ideology that terrorism, like other forms of violence and crime, has its roots in economic underprivilege and poverty. Study after study have shown that not to be true. Jihadists tend to come from middle to upper class families, and they tend to be educated. To take but two prominent examples, neither the current nor deceased heads of al Qaeda were poor. Ayman al-Zawahiri was a doctor in Egypt before joining up with the Muslim Brotherhood and later al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden was the scion of a mega-rich Saudi family.

If poverty and underprivilege explained jihadism, then why didn’t attaining power in Egypt turn the Muslim Brotherhood into peaceful bankers instead of Islamist wankers?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Would someone please paint this boob's surfboard to resemble a baby seal....maybe there's a patriotic Great White off Martha's Vineyard?

Remember BENGHAZI!
42 weeks ago
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More economic opportunities?
YA THINK?

Maybe if Saudi Arabia had some huge reserve of a highly valuable economic resource. Then their economy would be stoked by tapping and selling this resource, economic opportunities would be popping up everywhere, and they'd all have better things to do than howling about a savage, wacko interpretation of a dubious religion.

Shame there's nothing of any value under all that sand they could use for something like that, right, Mr. Kerry?

Idiot.

Poverty does not make idiocy.
Idiocy makes poverty.
42 weeks ago
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"If poverty and underprivilege explained jihadism, then why didn’t attaining power in Egypt turn the Muslim Brotherhood into peaceful bankers instead of Islamist wankers?"

That was priceless - well done Bryan!
42 weeks ago
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Oh my goodness. Morons.
42 weeks ago
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Because LBJ's War on Poverty worked so well in eliminating gangs and gang violence.......

This is so stupid even Kerry couldn't have come up with it on his own. He and his entire staff must have stayed up nights figuring out new ways to waste our tax dollars on hopelessly dumb programs.
42 weeks ago
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Mr. Kerry, if you keep debasing our currency they will no longer yuan it.
42 weeks ago
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If only some guy had the foresight and Strategery to create a democratic society in that hellhole with equal law and free(er) markets to try and offer Freedom and Opportunity as an alternative to terrorism.

Oh well.
42 weeks ago
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Maybe Catsup-face should give them jobs building yachts for him.
42 weeks ago
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Use them as Tomato/Veggie Pickers wherever they're needed. Teresa needs good workers and these guys know how to get things done, but unfortunately they always wind up killing people, there at the end.
So,...Some Retaining will be required. John's good for it and an excellent role model besides.........
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