Does Religion or Culture Drive Islamic Terrorism?
In the last article, Understanding Islamic Terrorism, we looked at how the Whabbists have been able to export extremism throughout the Sunni Muslim world. The reality is that Saudi funding alone did not put Islamic Terrorism at the top of the global terrorist heap. There were several underlying cultural-shortfalls that have made the extremist message appealing to the subset of Muslims whom support theses causes. On the positive side, the general support for violence and the use of extreme tactics by global Muslims is finally starting to decline.
If we look to the Pew report published in 2013, we see the attitudes Muslims expressed towards extremism as favorable and growing as we discussed just last year in Is ISIS the Future of Islam?. The key indicators available only two years ago were that nearly 50% of Muslims espoused some level of … Read more »Continue