...The admitted Times Square attacker, Faisal Shahzad, who is of Pakistani origin and ethnically Pashtun, did not have a history of radicalism up until close to one year ago. Like the overwhelmingly majority of Pakistanis, Shahzad held a sharply negative view of the expansion of drone attacks in the Wazirstan province of Pakistan, which have resulted in a large percentage of civilian causalities. Moreover, his Pashtun kinsmen in Afghanistan have also suffered civilian causalities by drone attacks, and many of them view our presence in the region as a military occupation.
Prof. Robert Pape, who leads the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, states that there is little connection between terrorism and extremist interpretations of Islam or any world religion; oppression, a sense of marginalization and occupation are the primary causes for international terrorism. Like points have been made by U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, regarding the correlation between extremist attacks such as the Times Square incident with the large number of civilian causalities via drone attacks, which some casually dismissed as "collateral damage."
The painful reality is that violence begets violence and that there will always be a small percentage of people who will commit acts of extremism when they see their civilian family members and kinsmen subjected to violence. We can only imagine how some of us would react if Americans were subjected to drone attacks by Russians...Indeed. They might even pack a bomb into their Joe Boxers and try to blow up an airliner full of Muslims in the hopes of scoring with scores of hot heavenly virgins, or open fire on a bunch on Muslims at an army base, or park a car full of explosives in, say, downtown Riyadh, or decide to plow a couple of jets into a couple of tall towers, or...
I think you can see where I'm going here. Obviously, Dawud is--as all the Dawuds are--counting on our remaining ignorant about Islam and its totalitarian will to power, and we, clueless, well-meaning, outreaching, self-absorbed, short-sighted, interfaith/suicidal boobs, are only too happy to oblige.