by Mark Humphrys

The root cause of Islamist terror

Since 9/11, a lot of nonsense has been talked about the root cause of Islamist terror. The left has attempted to explain it as driven by "poverty" or "oppression", or American foreign policy, or Israel, or at least some sort of logical grievance.

But we are gradually coming to see that Islamist terror is in fact driven by a vile, totalitarian, hallucinatory ideology - Islamism - that has its own dynamic, and that is not based on any logical or rational grievances.

Many are now also realising that Islamist terror before 9/11 - such as in Israel - was basically the same thing. Arab terror against Israel is also fundamentally based on Islamism, not on logical or rational grievances.

Using logic and reason

The Paradox of Cruelty: The greater the hatred, the less the reason.

bin laden
Bin Laden (2nd from right) in Sweden in 1971. He wasn't born evil. He chose evil.
Bin Laden's life illustrates clearly how Islamist terror is not caused by poverty or oppression. He wasn't poor. In fact, he was obscenely wealthy. His life's work was as a rich man killing people who were much poorer than he was. He was never oppressed either.
Islamist terror is not caused by poverty or oppression. It is caused by memes. It is caused by ideas inside the killers' heads - and nothing more.

The idea that Islamist terror must be caused by "poverty" or "oppression"

The Paradox of Cruelty: The greater the hatred, the less the reason

VIDEO: "It's a Monologue, but with Greg"

Actor Matthew Modine, Mar 2010, illustrates the failure of so many well-meaning liberal westerners to understand jihadis.

He absurdly says: "Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama Bin Laden and say, 'listen man,what is it that you're so angry at me about that you're willing to have people strap bombs to themselves, or get inside of airplanes and fly them into buildings.' That would be the miracle if we can get, sit down and talk to our enemies and find a way for them to hear us."

As Greg Gutfeld says: "Modine just turned 51, but his opinion reflects that of a six year old girl ... It's a perspective that suggests one has never contemplated evil beyond a character portrayed in a script. MM fails to realize that there are people out there who see your desire for "understanding" as one reason why you'll be killed first."

Marie Harf
US Department of State spokesperson Marie Harf is the poster girl for dumb left-wing conventional wisdom.
The comically awful White House Down (2013) by Roland Emmerich. See plot summary and negative reviews. In this dumb, obvious, clunking left-wing fantasy film, the Barack Obama-like President says that the root cause of terrorism is poverty. And he's not meant to be an idiot! We're meant to think he's intelligent.

Why do jihadis hate America and Israel, not China and Russia?

Hint: It's based on psychology and emotion, not on logic and reason.

The Paradox of the Fisks: The most criticised societies in the world will be the least criminal societies

The Arab / Islamic culture of shame and pride

VIDEO: US soldier chews out Iraqi police. A brutal encounter between the culture of empirical results and the culture of honour/shame/tribe
From here. Also here. Great comments.

The terrorists are not poor, they are revolutionaries

Poverty does not cause jihad. Jihad causes poverty.

The root cause of 9/11 - Islamism

The root cause of the September 11th attacks is a sick, fascist movement within Islam.

It is an expansionist fascist movement that aims to rule much of the third world. It is at war with everyone who is not an Islamic fundamentalist fascist. It has killed vast numbers of Muslims.

Ongoing List of killings for Islam around the world.

terror attacks


The inability of the western left to understand the root cause of Islamic terror.

misunderstanding root cause

bin laden lies

Jihad butcher of women and children, Osama Bin Laden, packs so many lies into one sentence:

  1. The lie that jihadists kill women and children because they are responding to something.
  2. The lie that jihadists don't want to kill women and children.

  3. The lie that jihadists have ever acted according to any moral rules of warfare.
  4. The lie that there are any circumstances under which jihadists will not kill women and children.
  5. The lie that if the West changes behaviour, the jihadists will stop killing women and children.
  6. The lie that the West targets women and children.
  7. All of these statements are total lies. So many lies, all in one sentence.


"Once I interviewed a young Taleban fighter who was almost too angry to speak as he described how he joined the insurgency after American soldiers had dishonoured his mother by entering and searching their family home, casually looking at her as they did so." — Article by Tom Coghlan, The Times, 17 Aug 2009, beautifully illustrates the "root cause" of Islamic violence.

Infidels looked at his mother. Does he shrug and say so what? Does he ... write a letter of complaint? Does he ... join a political party and stand in the upcoming Afghan elections? Does he organise a demo? Does he write a witty article? No. He turns immediately and without trying any other solution to barbaric violence.

The "root cause" of his violence is crap inside his head, not anything outside it.

"[The left's] idea of root causes [is] a pseudo-intellectual exercise that prevents a real understanding of evil actions. Every culprit can tell a story, but by listening to that story, you insult each and every one of his victims." — Greg Gutfeld, 23 Nov 2009.

"They can't blame it on poverty or any of that stuff. They will have to realize that it's an ideology and it's a way of life that makes people change." — American-born Islamic terrorist Omar Hammami (or "Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki") himself denies that "poverty" is the root cause of Islamic terror.

"Our enmity towards Hindus is not due to the Kashmir issue; our enmity towards America is not due to Iraq and Afghanistan; the enmity between us and the Jews is not due to the Palestine; the real cause is that they do not accept our system and Islam. Our enmity towards them (the non-believers) will continue even if they renounce all their crimes." — Al Qaeda, Sept 2013, explains the root cause of Islamic terror. But the left isn't listening.

Mark Humphrys describes himself as "Irish. Atheist. Liberal-right. Anti-jihad. Pro-West. Pro-Israel." Contact him at his website This article is a major portion of The original article includes live links to additional material.

Return _________________________End of Story___________________________ Return