Originally Posted by jhodge83
I'll go ahead and say the one word that sums it all up......"Religion". Not turning this thread into a heated discussion, but that one word is the reason why things are the way they are across that entire region of the world. Whether it is the hatred for another one or the use of it as an excuse to do the things they do.
Yes and no. More often than not it's economocs. In Iraq you had 2 factions of Islam. However the Sunni were the minority but controlled most of the money. Once Saddam goes down, The Shia try to get even.
Most of these "Radicals" come from pretty shitty backgrounds and are brainwashed. They hate us and whoever is in power because of what we believe, but mostly for what we have. If you had a stable govt that was fair, AC, running water, some luxuries, disposable income, health ect...you would be a lot less likely to be convinced to strap a bomb on your chest and blow up a shopping mall.