US policy, not poverty, ‘is cause of terrorism’

US policy, not poverty, ‘is cause of terrorism’ TERROR: THE MOTIVE Sunday Herald, The – Find Articles

Krueger’s arguments will be made in a prestigious three-part lecture series at the London School of Economics, beginning on Tuesday. The former member of the Clinton administration will present new research on the “causes and consequences” of terrorism, which he says have been misunderstood.

One of his main findings disputes the supposed link between deprivation and terrorism. “One point I’m going to make is that the popular stereotype, from Tony Blair on down, seems to be that poverty is the root cause of terrorism. That is a very questionable presumption. The evidence doesn’t point in that direction, ” he told the Sunday Herald.

“We have to own up to the fact that a lot of the terrorist activity is in response to policy decisions.”

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