By Phil Lawler | Oct 05, 2016
In an October 5 statement to a UN conference on security challenges involving young people in the Mediterranean region, the Vatican’s representative, Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, offered these thoughts:
Root causes that promote violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism among the young must be faced: dissatisfaction, a failure of integration policies, unemployment, a sense of loss, including the feeling of not having a future, a vacuum of values and fractures within families. Moreover, violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism finds a fertile ground in growing intolerance, discrimination, racism and xenophobia, including as a result of certain counter- terrorism policies.
Let’s see: Can you think of any other factor [like Islamic ideology] that might promote radicalization and terrorism? Something that Msgr. Urbanczyk didn’t mention?