Stop using poverty to justify terrorism

The same is true for other (non-Palestinian) Muslim terrorists. Don’t take my word for it; ask the World Bank. A couple of years ago, disillusioned former members of ISIS gave Western investigators some 22,000 internal ISIS documents. The records included biographical information regarding 4,000 foreigners who joined the terrorist group in 2013 and 2014. The World Bank assigned a team of experts to analyze the data. The final report made it clear that poverty was not the issue: “Daesh [ISIS] did not recruit its foreign workforce among the poor and less educated, but rather the opposite. … This result is consistent with a number of other studies that come to a similar conclusion: poverty is not a driver of radicalization into violent extremism.”

The report also found that ISIS terrorists are often highly educated: “These individuals are far from being uneducated or illiterate … 69% of recruits report at least a secondary education … a large fraction have gone on to study at university. Only 15% left school before high school and less than 2% are illiterate.”

Not only that, but ISIS killers are even more educated than their neighbors: “Foreign recruits from the Middle East, North Africa and South and East Asia are significantly more educated than what is typical in their region.”