Have you actually gotten this far? I mean without cheating? Really? Wow, thank you! Don't forget to use the bathroom after this.
It shouldn't be surprising that terrorism generally tends to flourish in similar environments. An oppressed country with a weak government unable to sustain its own citizens and, most importantly, left without a national identity.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs are not met. The citizens have no longer have a heritage to take pride in. Parents are forced to watch their children starve to death. No one has rights, no one is treated like a human.
Disgruntled crowds gather; riots begin; people have a cause, something to believe; they become unified; they call for a reform, reaction, or revolution; they want change, something to be corrected.
A brave leader grabs their hand; the system fails and the people achieve nothing; now extreme measures are taken, violence is inducted.
The government pushes back and either the movement or the government perishes; a new identity is born. The people are happy, for now.
Oh me, oh my. Isn't something like this happening in America right now?
"I think history is inextricable linked to identity. If you don't know your history, if you don't know your family, who are you?"
-- Mary Pipher
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