Does Egypt's "Revolution" Affect Terrorism?
Here is a question: Does Egypt's "Revolution" in Feb 2011 affect terrorism? The terrorism includes both domestic terrorism and international terrorism. Using the argument of his book: "What Makes a Terrorist?", Alan Krueger said in 2007: "As a group, terrorists are better educated and from wealthier families than the typical person in the same age group in the societies from which they originate".
Suppression of civil liberties and political rights, Mr. Krueger hypothesizes. "When nonviolent means of protest are curtailed," he says, "malcontents appear to be more likely to turn to terrorist tactics."
And, in fact, the middle class people participated in the protest. Yasmine El Rashidi notes in the blog:
The national anthem streamed in from a passing car and from handheld radios, and people and children were yelling “freedom.” Around me were many people I knew—writers, doctors, researchers, filmmakers—among the many more I didn’t, but who still smiled in mutual recognition of the revolt we had taken part in for the past eighteen days.
The writers, doctors, researchers and filmmakers who represent the typical middle class participated in the protest. Their voices were heard, at least for now. Does more liberty mean less domestic terrorism? Then, we'll see less domestic terrorism in MiddleEast, if things goes along this line.
As for the international terrorism, the picture is more compricated. In a different research, Krueger and his colleague found that "a greater incidence of international terrorism when people of one country disapprove of the leadership of another country". So, it depends on the perception of the people of one country towards the leadership of the other country. Everyone outside should behave oneself.
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