A friend and I keep having different permutations of the same conversation, which revolves around this question: what is the essential explanation for Islamic terrorism? My friend’s answer is that it’s primarily religious; in other words, that something intrinsic to Islam spurs on suicide bombers and the like. I disagree for a number of reasons: the vast majority of Muslims do not support terrorism; suicide bombings are a modern phenomenon, etc. I’ve been arguing that the moving cause is largely political and economic.
on May 20, 2008