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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Terrorism to Come by Walter Laqueur - Policy Review, No. 126: "The experts have maintained for a long time that poverty does not cause terrorism and prosperity does not cure it. In the world's 50 poorest countries there is little or no terrorism. A study by scholars Alan Krueger and Jitka Maleckova reached the conclusion that the terrorists are not poor people and do not come from poor societies.
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You can force a link between poverty and terrorism if you deny spiritual evil and try to fit everything into a materialistic universe where there are no angels, devils, God, sin or righteousness.

Socialists and liberals always try to force this connection: for instance, a recent article by Benazir Bhutto, chairperson of the Pakistan People's party and a former prime minister of Pakistan. Thus, if people steal, it is the wealthy person's fault for not giving away enough of their wealth. If Islamists hate the US, it is the fault of America for being too rich [in spite of the fact that Islamists are some of the richest Arabs in the world. [Why don't they give their money away to build industry and develop poor Muslim nations? hmmm? for the same reason Kerry and Heinz and Edwards don't give their money to the poor. They want to further expand their wealth by building political empires to take other people's money to give to the poor].

So far we have had communism, fascism, nazism, abortion, and who knows what other rottenness and corruption from the denial of the spiritual. Solomon said, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," so I guess the inverse is true: "the absence of the fear of the Lord is the beginning of folly."

Pslam 36 confirms this: "The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful."
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