UK: Rich, Porsche-driving Muslim barrister gives it all up to join the Islamic State in Syria

The idea that poverty and ignorance cause terrorism has led the U.S. to shower billions on Muslim countries, hoping to win hearts and minds and alleviate what mainstream analysts doggedly believe are the root causes of terrorism. But it has been known for years that poverty doesn’t really cause terrorism at all. Social scientists have collected a large amount of data on the socioeconomic background of terrorists and they have found little evidence that the typical terrorist is unusually poor or badly schooled. Three-quarters of the Al-Qaeda members were from upper middle-class homes and many were married with children; 60% were college educated, often in Europe or the United States.