Leaders of organizations such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood were, once thrown into the prisons of Cairo and often tortured, radicalized to the point of advocating violent action against not just the regimes of the Middle East but the infidel societies of the West.
Note: Interesting concept, that the suppression by their own secular state caused some Islamist groups to hate the West for their contribution to secular thought.
the desert Bedouin communities of the Arabian Peninsula were transformed by oil wealth that in turn allowed those societies to enforce and promulgate an austere, brutal strain of Islam. The nihilistic violence of Al Qaeda was, as much as anything, the product of this uneasy marriage between austere Wahhabism and billions upon billions of dollars of oil wealth.
Note: Connection with Osama's father who also became wealthy from the oil boom.
The vast majority of Pakistanis, on the other hand, are principally concerned about issues with little direct bearing on relations with the United States or the problem of international terrorism. They are simply struggling to make ends meet, and are chiefly concerned with kitchen-table issues: jobs, local disputes, and the basic inability of their government to keep the peace. Their religious beliefs are more likely to be characterized by conservatism than extremism. Indeed, having suffered significantly from nearly every form of terrorism since 9/11, the vast majority of Pakistanis—eighty...
Note: interesting stat. Eighty percent of Pakistanis dont believe in suicide bombing at all
"We’ve had our equivalent democratic movement, and what has it achieved? Far too little. The next revolution can only be led by the Islamists."
Note: I hope not