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Definitely not religion or lack of education. There are plenty of non-religious and educated terrorists.

The problem simply stems from cultural upbringing. If your social environment keeps telling you that those uncultured pig-dogs in other countries are evil, you will believe it, no matter your religion or education.

Honestly, I believe the American and Russian leaders are the worst terrorists. The difference is that when the western world sent soldiers across the globe to 'liberate' the Iraqis and when they sent weapons to Syrian rebels we were sympathetic to those ideas because a lot of people honestly believed we did it because our way of life is better and they should learn it too, by force if necessary.

The fact that Obama won a Nobel peace price shows you how indoctrinated we are by our cultural upbringing.
 
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Stephan van Hulst wrote:Definitely not religion or lack of education. There are plenty of non-religious and educated terrorists.

The problem with the poll is that there is not one cause for terrorism.

There have been terrorists who were politically motivated, for example the RAF.

I think that the people calling themselves Islamic State certainly do it out of fundamentalist religious motives.
 
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do we need a better definition of "terrorist"? I mean, if I were in ISIS, i'd call myself a "freedom fighter" or something like that. They're only terrorists because (at least so far) they are losing.
 
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The term terrorism is for all intents and purposes meaningless, and a number of academics have called for it to be dropped altogether, because it's a very emotive term which far too often causes the discourse to change from rational, meaningful debate to irrational, reactionary responses.

As for the answer to the question, well, it's a bit like asking "causes of murder". Er, there is no one universal cause of murder, different people murder for different reasons.
 
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Ahmed Bin S wrote:
As for the answer to the question, well, it's a bit like asking "causes of murder". Er, there is no one universal cause of murder, different people murder for different reasons.


This is true for a lot of stuff (good or bad) that is happening in the world. This is also why there is a field of mathematics called statistics. And why this is a poll.

I don't think the attempt is to solve the cause of terrorism, but to get a sense of the thinking (temperature) of the ranchers (and their cows... ) regarding the subject. And unfortunately (or fortunately), since this is a poll that is in the rattlesnake pit (due to obvious reasons), it will also greatly affect the poll itself (both in terms of the number of votes, and the types of voters).

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Henry Wong wrote:This is true for a lot of stuff (good or bad) that is happening in the world. This is also why there is a field of mathematics called statistics. And why this is a poll.

Which might be fine if the answers were simple, but I'm with Ahmed here: I don't think they are:

Just a few that come to mind for me are:
1. The division of wealth in the world.
2. Arms manufacturers.
3. Failure of diplomacy.
4. Interference in other peoples/countries' affairs.
5. Failure of religious institutions.
6. Failure of international institutions.
7. Special interest groups.
8. Lack of will/money/time to solve the problem.
9. Palestine.
10. A naive belief that "democracy" can be learned in a few years, or is even very relevant to people living in a marginalised, militarised environment.

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The reason for terrorism is like complex keys in a database, one of the key values will hit across a wide population, but not give you a specific identifier on why this or these people chose to become terrorists. When we add more criteria, then we get a more refined section of the population, but we loose generality, or a specific solution, description, if you will. Is a terrorist crazy? At some point, IMO, they have had to leave the area of rational thought to come to the conclusion they are going to effect the masses in a meaningful way by perpetrating violence on their members. What drove them to the point of departing from rational thought? It's different for different people, but basically they have had violence or extreme dissatisfaction thrust upon them for a long, long time. Is religion a factor? No, I really do not think so, but I do know that religion can be perverted to support almost any agenda. Look at any "fundamentalist" religious faction, and you see that they are fed up with something, not necessarily part of their religion--but assuredly they have changed what their expressed religious believes are to help support their movement.

I have heard it said that all wars and terrorism are the result of turf: lack of turf, wanting more turf, wanting the resources contained in or on someone else's turf. Well, it seems to have a historic president, but once again, there is that complex key problem and this is just one of the identifiers that are indicated in the study. In all cases though, it is the point at which one person or group of people choose to devalue another group of people that the violence can fester--they scream for rights and privileges so long denied themselves, while stripping their victims of those very things they profess to be in search. If that were not true, we would have many more radicals like Ghandi and Mother Teresa.
 
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