How to Stop the Contagion

(Newsweek) Fareed Zakaria - Suicide bombing cannot be explained by poverty and disadvantage. The London bombers were not the wretched of the earth. They came from working-class but comfortable backgrounds, living in one of the world's most prosperous countries. If anyone had cause for rage, it was not the bombers but their parents. Muslim migrants from Pakistan, they were dirt-poor and probably ostracized. Yet they did not become murderers; they started fish-and-chips shops. Like all ideologies, radical Islam is a phenomenon of the educated class. The good news is that in the heart of the Muslim world, this ideology is not doing so well. Arabs are finally denouncing terrorism and also the ideologies that feed it.

2005-07-29 00:00:00

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