islamic extremism

Some thoughts on Nassim Nicholas Taleb on terrorism

In light of the recent, tragic events in Paris, Taleb is correct to point out that Saudi Arabia is the major exporter of terrorism throughout the region and beyond, through its bankrolling of violent, extremist Wahhabi and Salafi doctrine. This, it should be noted, is in contradiction with the commonly-held belief that such ideas originated, more or less grassroots, in places like Syria and Iraq, or possibly, Afghanistan. Of course, there’s some inkling that the funds are coming from private sources in the Gulf because who else in our incestuous little sandbox would have that kind of money? But Taleb’s point is that this is in fact sanctioned at the official level.