The Roots of Terrorism

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Robert Wright (who has become weirdly obsessive about me), writes in his Times column today that jihadist ideology does not cause terrorism, and calls me out for believing otherwise:

Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic seems to agree that jihadism is a kind of prime mover of terrorism. After bloggers noted that Shahzad had lost his home to foreclosure, Goldberg rejected the idea that "the country's financial crisis, and not, say, jihadist ideology, is at the root of Shahzad's desire to commit murder in Times Square."

Yep, I'm guilty of believing that jihadist ideology is at the root of Islamist terrorism. Bob got me good this time.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/05/the-roots-of-terrorism/56610/