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The Paris terror attacks were barbaric but also startling, leading many to ask what could be done to prevent this kind of terrorism in the future.So in Kouachi's case, it was U.S. intervention in the Middle East that caused him to become a jihadi.The scholars Robert Pape and James Feldman have analyzed all of the more than 2,100 documented cases of suicide bombings from 1980 to 2009 and concluded that the vast majority of the perpetrators were acting in response to American intervention in the Middle East rather than out of a religious or ideological motivation. It would be nice if an American intervention could identify the moderate Syrians, ensure that they defeat the (much stronger) radical Islamists, then defeat the (much stronger) Assad army, and then stabilize and rule Syria.No matter what the United States has done over the last two decades, Islamic radicalism has been on the rise, often directed against the United States and its Western allies, and it always finds a few alienated young men who act on its perverse ideology.
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