Anyone read the recent article by Thomas Friedman (New York Times) regarding young Muslims? It provided food for thought. Let me preface later remarks by simply stating Iâm a person that looks for âroot causeâ. Unless the root cause is addressed, all solutions are temporary. Anyone who continually has a flat tire knows the solution is not in multiple visits to the air pump. Replace the tire dummy. So it is with many of the problems we face today. This is NOT a thread about politics or religion. I would ask that you refrain from making remarks in either of those two areas. I know that deep seated beliefs or political views can LOOK like a root cause, but really, it isnât. Those are just noise. The ROOT cause is much more basic. This article brought into focus something I had not paid particular attention to, but which makes a lot of sense. Young Muslims are more apt to join a terrorist organization because those organizations at least provide an outlet for high density frustration and anger. Living in repressed societies, they donât have the opportunities and freedoms we do. I donât care where you live or what your income level is, if youâre reading this post, you have more than these people could ever hope to have. We complain (rightfully so) that jobs are disappearing. Some of us more than complain, weâre getting down right angry. What if youâve never had a job to lose? And no hope of ever finding one? We complain about the illegal immigrants entering our country in droves. Why are they coming? Because this is the land of opportunity. Hope lies across the border or across the seas. Between 1980 and 1999, Arab economies registered 370 patents in the U.S. for new inventions. South Korea alone registered 16,328. We donât see very many South Korean martyrs. (this info was provided by Friedman) What's to be done? I donât think the answer lies is just deporting illegals. Nor will a solution be found in just killing all the terrorists. Both of those are temporary. The solution, like the root cause, is much more basic. Unemployment is becoming a major problem world wide. So far, lack of hope seems to be centralized in third world countries. Unless solutions are found in these regions, they will bring (and have already brought) their problems to our door. Obviously solutions have to be found. We know those solutions must reside in the realm of job opportunities, but what are they, exactly? Outsourcing jobs for now is going to places like Mexico, China, India. That action in itself is beginning to create problems at home. With all our combined intelligence, we should be able to figure this out. Erase the noise and focus on the root problem. There is an answer.