(Peter Bergen is a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation).
Any serious study of the facts has found that the more relatively educated people are the more likely they are to engage in terrorism, and the more money people have, relative to their peers, the more likely they are to engage in terrorism, defined as violence against civilians by non-state actors.
And so, projects to increase levels of education and income around the world are likely, on average, to create more terrorists, which is not an argument against education or poverty alleviation, but simply one of the rare cases where social “science” can make something of an accurate prediction about future outcomes.
— Peter Bergen
This week long terrorism salon will continue to be hosted by The Washington Note and UN Dispatch.