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TERRORISTS BEING STARVED OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME
September 18 2009
Karachi, Pakistan – There will likely come a day, sometime in the far distant future, when the events of September 11, 2001 will be nothing but a section in a history textbook. Much like the horrors and wars of the past, generations that lived through
the tragedy of the fateful day begin to die off so too will the tactile memory of the events. For now though the attacks of that day are still very much in people’s minds and the actions and events that they inspired are still very much real to those forced to engage them.
Chief among those whose lives have been flipped upside down by the events of that day are the terrorists themselves. Though only twenty men were directly involved in the attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and a handful more involved in the planning stages, the war that resulted from that attack has affected them all. From Eastern Africa to the Middle East to the Caucuses, to southern Asia terrorists across the world have been battling the effects of 9/11 even though very few had anything to do with that day. Now a new poll, believed to be the most comprehensive yet conducted, indicates that terrorists across the planet are being starved out of house and home.
“The data is really startling when you see it all laid out like this. Everyone knew, or at least had an idea as to how damaging and pervasive the effects of the war has been
on terrorists but to see actual numbers as high as these came as a shock even to us, and we were expecting significant numbers,” said Ayaz Abdul-Hafeez, leader of the international study. “The effects on ordinary terrorists have been absolutely devastating in most cases. Forced to move from house to house, unable to keep children in martyr school or buy fresh burkas for their wives the results of this war have been catastrophic for the everyday terrorist. Keep in mind we aren’t talking about people like bin-Laden or al-Zawahiri, we are talking about average everyday terrorists who need to keep their families fed. Those are the people, the accidental victims, who have been so affected by this conflict.”
The study estimates that at least eighty per cent of terrorists now claim no fixed address, with about sixty per cent of those people claiming such a status is not by choice, of the remaining twenty per cent seventeen report being well under the poverty line.
“This data does not encompass only Islamic terrorists. We studied the Uighurs in China, the Tamil movement, the ETA in Spain, and organizations in South America and found the same results across the board. The cache that was once associated with being a terrorist simply does not exist anymore and that is hurting earning power in dramatic ways,” continued Abdul-Hafeez. “Unless something dramatic changes we fear that there will be a cataclysmic effect on future generations, driving people further into the kind of poverty and destitution that creates the kind of environment that breeds terrorism of the kind we saw on 9/11.”
Much of that decline has also been attributed to the embargos placed on countries that normally support terrorist activities as well as seizures of bank funds and wire transfers.
“This study really puts into perspective how all encompassing the war on terror has been. The damage that has been done to families and individuals might never be restored. There were incredible boom times before 9/11 and shortly afterwards but since then it has been a long struggle upwards which has done incredible damage to morale of many of the people in the profession,” said Scrape TV Terrorism analyst Doug Davids. “It will take a long time even after this war is finished to restore the profession to its former glory. There is also the very real possibility that things will never go back to the way they were and the days of hijackings and plane bombings are gone forever, but we will see.”
Mortgage defaults across the terrorist community have also been reaching record highs, forcing many lenders into bankruptcy.