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No one ever thinks of higher education as a handicap.

Instead, we expect that well-educated individuals will be intelligent and sensitive, that they have bright futures to look forward to and will one day give back to society. In the wake of revelations that the Dhaka attacks were carried out by social elites who attended prestigious universities, it has become timely to question whether more or better education can in fact lay the foundations for sympathies to go the wrong way.

Popular opinion has it that those who gravitate towards religious extremism are cheap mlb jerseys often those with little education or who come from poverty—people with cheap mlb jerseys nothing to lose or who do not know better. This has thrown Madrasahs into the spotlight, as these religious seminaries in the Middle East and Central Asia often fill the role vacated by inadequate state educational infrastructure. As a result, many students end up becoming radicalised by the preachings of extremist Saudi-trained clerics. Or so the theory has gone, since it became known post-9/11 that several Taliban From leaders and Al Qaeda members developed radical political views at Madrasahs.

Yet the upper-middle class backgrounds of the Dhaka perpetrators should not be shocking at all.

The Saudi hijackers behind 9/11, for instance, Expansion came from wealthy families. In Bangladesh itself, the Dhaka tragedy follows on the heels of a string of violent attacks at the hands of private university students—North South University (NSU) saw seven of its students hacking an atheist blogger to death in early 2013. At their trial, prosecutors suggested that they had been radicalised through the internet.

All of this suggests that in their attempts to combat terrorist recruitment, governments may have been looking in the wrong place all along. The digital literacy of young people means that being approached in real life is only one part of the equation. Online communities are another, and then there is the fact that there seems to be a strong correlation between political idealism and an attraction to radicalism. We see terrorists as senseless murderers when in fact they too operate on a set of strict moral convictions. They are convinced Report: that they are only trying wholesale nfl jerseys to make the world a better place.

”All of this suggests that … governments may have been looking in the wrong place all along.”

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From Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to the Umbrella movement in Hongkong, young middle-class adults and marginalised groups alike have been both vocal and united in their desire to see sweeping reform. For them, change means the overturning of established political norms. It means a loss of faith in conventional and legal methods, be it political lobbying, social justice activism or civic engagement. When repeatedly met with non-committal responses from political leadership, should it then be completely surprising that some people then resort to guns?

In George Clooney’s latest film, Money Monster, he’s taken hostage at gunpoint wholesale nba jerseys by a young, disgruntled investor who believes he was swindled. We might question this approach, but we Drug can understand the exasperation. It also offers a possible explanation for why the young and affluent find themselves so vulnerable to radicalisation. While Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan told AFP that terrorism “has become a Aenean fashion,” more cynical commentaries have dismissed the Dhaka attacks as a group of rich kids on a killing spree.

Such pronouncements only entrench assumptions about how socio-economic class relates to political or religious extremism. They conclude that those who are well off are somehow disqualified from caring about social justice causes. In addition, they distract from the fact that terrorists and radical islamists are, in essence, trying to find solutions to the world’s problems. Whether we like it or not, radical Islamism is still a kind of struggle for social justice, except it is also armed with bullets and a carelessly interpreted version of Sharia law.

The danger of education has always been that it enables people to rationalise their way through any conundrum. To someone who can think and see the world in more complex terms, it is much easier to argue for ends justifying means. Coupled with naivety and blind idealism, the young, educated and affluent then make for ideal victims of radicalisation. Of course, we do not yet know why those 6 Bangladeshi men did what they did. But it is about time that we look beyond profiling terrorists based on socio-economic backgrounds, and Need instead seek a more comprehensive understanding of what compels the misdirection of sympathies.

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