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Irfan Noori

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Is really Unemployment is a reason to join terrorism or an excuse??

For the first Time I totally disagree with the facts by TED. How come we can give unemployment the reason of Terrorism. Charles Kingsley Once Tod that "NO-ONE KNOWS WHAT HE CAN DO, UNTIL HE TRIES"
I mean in today's era of high end needs and technology,it true that unemployment is growing fast and people are getting frustrated but terrorism is definitely not an option. Terrorism is not just a phenomena, its the sick mindset, its like a mental disease,
Nothing can justify of be a reason for terrorism. and even if Unemployment is somehow linked to it, the How can we justify the people with much higher paid salary and have so much riches, and still promoting terror.?????

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I am really thankful to all of you for sharing your intellect with me
this conversation, some how Inspires me doing what is being needed in today's era
The best enlightenment with the word TERRORISM
I just use to see its one aspect only
now i can see its diversification.
I thank you all for your support.

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  • Nov 23 2013: I suggest unemployment is not the main reason for terrorism; it is political, as most of what I've heard is the terrorists consider themselves as freedom fighters. They want control of a country or region and maybe they have their theories of how to better manage or constitute a country.

    I do believe unemployment is a major factor for crime, as people turn to stealing as a part time job. Idle time can lead to lowering of self esteem leading to psychological issues. Stresses lead to conflicts and deteriorating relationships; murders increase and prisons become overcrowded. Continuing unemployment robs people of their ability to sustain their families and many turn to alcohol and drugs to deaden realities and hope.

    Unfair unemployment and unequal access to resources and services are factors in the mid-east. It seems far better for everyone concerned to compromise and try to resolve issues peacefully than to be recalcitrant and stubbornly attempt resolution with proven unproductive violent methods. All sides are contributing to the maintenance of continuing conflict. Eventually, if no compromise is possible, one side losses and the other vanquishes.

    Can't say more because I'm not there to experience first hand.

    Opinion only.
    • Nov 23 2013: That's not entirely correct.
      Being miserable is one of the things that drive people to extreme acts like terror. In a society with decent standards of living, the only people who engage in things like terror and murder are the mentally ill, and the odd psychopath. Few and far apart, statistically speaking.

      In a society which isn't quite so prosperous on the other hand, things are different. People have less to loose, and more to be upset about. Depression is more common (especially helpful for recruiting suicide bombers--where you and I would recommend a therapist, they recommend an explosive vest), and aid to families post mortem has greater economic significance.
      It doesn't help that many terror groups also double as militias, and in more lawless regions, militias are effectively the ruling class. In that scenario, joining a terrorist group raises one's standards of living. Some people join for political, religious or ideological reasons, true, but many others join out of more rationally self motivated reasons.

      Unemployment isn't the only cause of poor quality of life, but its certainly a factor. A content populace does not turn to terror for the same reasons they do not revolt. It takes misery for it to truly catch on--otherwise, the terrorists remain as small fringe groups that are quickly eradicated, or simply never grow influential enough to cause real harm (statistically speaking--every death is a tragedy, but it takes a little more than that to make an impact on something the size of a nation).
      • Nov 23 2013: Thank you Nadav. I left my wording open to other possibilities.

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