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First, do no harm
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, July 05, 2007

Melanie Phillips goes off on a little riff here:
People in Britain are shocked — shocked! — that medical doctors are suspected of involvement in the al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Britain over the past few days. The shock reflects the deep unreality of public discourse up till now. People have persisted in believing that Islamic terrorism could be explained by poverty, deprivation, alienation and so forth, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Now they are horrified that doctors, whose calling is to save life, can be bent on mass murder.

The capacity of the human mind to delude itself never ceases to amaze. How can such educated individuals be killers? people exclaim. Have such people really leaned nothing from history? Have they forgotten the Nazis, forgotten Dr Mengele, forgotten that the genocide of the Jews was carried out by people who delighted in Goethe and Mozart? Ayman al Zawahiri, bin Laden’s number two, is a paediatrician. Yet he is responsible for the deliberate mass murder of thousands of people.
And, if I'm not mistaken, Che Guevara was a medical student before he turned into a ruthless executioner.

If nothing else, perhaps the attempt by this group of doctors will finally get us off of the "it's poverty and lack of education which drives terrorism" and onto the fact that fanaticism is fanaticism and it is to be found among all social and economic classes ... to include doctors.
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If nothing else, perhaps the attempt by this group of doctors will finally get us off of the "it’s poverty and lack of education which drives terrorism" and onto the fact that fanaticism is fanaticism and it is to be found among all social and economic classes

This scientific study actually used statistics to test the proposition that poverty and a lack of education are "root causes" of terrorism. The study even considered the possibility that relatively well-off terrorists were motivated by the poverty of others.

The conclusion?
Apart from population — larger countries tend to have more terrorists — the only variable that was consistently associated with the number of terrorists was the Freedom House index of political rights and civil liberties. Countries with more freedom were less likely to be the birthplace of international terrorists. Poverty and literacy were unrelated to the number of terrorists from a country.
Written By: Aldo
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Aldo, I appreciate your comments and missed you. Glad you’re back.
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Maybe we can use this as an argument against socialized medicine. If British physicians are so impoverished that they resort to terrorism, we certainly don’t want that system in the U.S !
Written By: Tom Crispin
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If anything, I get the impression that terrorism is driven by university students rather than the poor and uneducated.

Al-Qaeda was after all founded by a billionaire’s son and seems to have substantial numbers of doctors, engineers and so on among its active members. Earlier organizations (RAF, say) give the same signals.
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Thanks Tom.
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An actual Doctor’s Plot. This one done by anti-semites. It is to laugh.
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Can we use this as an argument for freedom?
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Orlando Bosch, the terrorist that GHW Bush pardoned, was a pediatrician.

For those that don’t remember him...
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh called Bosch an "unrepentant terrorist."[2] He has been accused of taking part in Operation Condor and several other terrorist attacks, including the October 6, 1976 bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner in which all 73 people on board were killed, including many young members of a Cuban fencing team and 5 North Koreans. The bombing is alleged to have been plotted at a 1976 meeting in Washington, D.C. attended by Bosch, Luis Posada Carriles, and DINA agent Michael Townley. At the same meeting, the assassination of Chilean former minister Orlando Letelier was also plotted.
I thought only dentists were terrorists?


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