Arlington, VA February 11, 2016
CNN published an interesting article yesterday morning (2-10-2016) on the perils facing many people beset by terrorism, and their alternatives. Several of their examples, such as Mali and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, have a real dilemma on which way to turn. In these cases, the governments are either corrupt, or despots who allow no real freedom for their people. Insurgencies attempt to fight the government and eventually, seeing the futility in peaceful protest, turn violent. The people are caught in the middle.
Any economist will tell you, through simple cost-benefit analysis, that when a people are subjugated in this way, their decisions on how to act or react are often in favor of the insurgency or terrorist group, since they are safer, more protected, and insulated from their corrupt or oppressive government. That may not be good, but it is often the best they can do.
Read the CNN article here, and let me know your thoughts: