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ISIS Crisis: Blame Germany and China?

Terrorism is inspired and financed by the failings of the global economy.

September 12, 2014

Credit: Philip Pilosian -

Germany, Japan, China and a few of their acolytes have selfishly exploited global commerce. They pursue export-oriented development strategies that cheat on the international norms for global competition and thrust onto other nations gaping trade deficits, crippling debt and terrible unemployment.

Germany and others lament the withdrawal of American leadership in the face of aggression—be it from Russia or terrorist groups in the Muslim world. But for too long now, those governments have been willing to let, and expect, Americans and a few others to do the fighting.

These global trading powers only provide logistical support and limited money, even though their militaries are quite well endowed through purchases of U.S. arms and their economies well able to bear a full cost of war.

Worse, often these allies turn a blind eye, and permit their businesses and banks to profit from commerce with terrorist fronts.

European governments have even paid ransom for kidnapped citizens — rather than wrinkle the uniforms of their soldiers to rescue them. Along with appeasement of Russian aggression in the Ukraine and elsewhere, those actions have only emboldened terrorist notions that the West and its more moderate Muslim allies are weak, decadent and worthy of extermination.

One consequence of the economic intransigence of the global surplus countries is that youth in too many nations lack any prospect for decent jobs.

Little wonder then that hopeless young Muslims fall easy prey to radical intellectuals offering religious meaning for their despair and disaffection. They end up performing heinous acts and toting a rifle for ISIS.

All of which goes to show that the presumably always peaceful actions of the big proponents of a “trading first” global strategy in reality carry key seeds of global disorder and destruction in them.


Trade surplus countries (Germany and China) create global imbalances that ultimately spawn terrorism.

As youth in too many nations lack any prospect for decent jobs, hopeless young Muslims fall easy prey to ISIS.