Probably because of my exposure to postcolonial, anti-imperialist, and neo-Marxist literature, the theory that economic inequality in the Middle East is making terrorism popular seems thoroughly plausible. Add to that the fact that the West typically supports autocratic totalitarian regimes in the region often against the will of the people these regimes rule, and it’s no wonder that radicals are having an easy time recruiting the disenfranchised. #blowback
Of course, the way xenophobic racist conservatives will spin this explanation is that it’s supportive of an unholy combination of Communism and terrorism in the name of Islam and should be anathema.
This might be the most controversial theory for what’s behind the rise of ISIS • 2015 Nov 30 • Jim Tankersley • Washington Post