Contrary to popular misconceptions, jihadists remain a minority in Muslim countries. Yet armed militants and suicide bombers continue to wreak havoc worldwide and militant recruitment shows no sign of abating. The reason is found where most recruitment occurs: ungoverned areas of failing or repressive states where public resources are stolen, wasted or otherwise not used for productive social ends.
For centuries, local clan and community leaders - for better or worse - have been the dominant authority in Middle Eastern cultures. Recently, however, central governments, fearing rival power centres or opposition, have eliminated many of these local leaders. more..http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080804.wcoislam04/BNStory/specialComment/home?cid=al_gam_mostemail