Kerry: Some Terrorists Are ‘Radicalized for Reasons Having to do With ‘Religion’

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CNS News: ” Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday cited “reasons having to do with religion or politics” in a list of “root causes” of terrorism in which he also included factors ranging from tribalism to frustration and the desire for a sense of identity and purpose.

Kerry advanced some factors contributing to radicalization. Among them:

–tribal or sectarian allegiances

–“reasons having to do with religion or politics”

–frustration over an inability to find meaning or economic opportunity

–hopes that a group like ISIS can provide “a sense of identity, a sense of purpose, a sense of power”

–“indignity and marginalization and inequality and corruption” which are used by terrorist groups as recruitment tools

–“a dangerous clash which we haven’t yet fully defined sufficiently between culture, religion, exploitation, and modernity.”

Opinion: Proving yet again to be one of the great thinkers in the Obama administration, Secretary Kerry called for  a need to have a comprehensive approach to counter the “root causes of violent extremism.’

So in order to help him find a root cause, we provided a quote from the holy book of one particular (unnamed) religion:

I heard Allah’s Apostle [Muhammad] saying, “The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!’ “

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