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The Times reports that Islamic State pays its fighters about $400 per month, almost double the salary of other militant groups.  Amidst all the talk of extremism, never forget the impact of poverty.  When a group comes offering a different way, the size of the pay packet may be as important as any discussions about faith or philosophy.  As long as there is poverty and an unequal sharing of the world’s resources there will always be a ready audience for the extremist.

If we spent as much on aid as we do on arms, I wonder how different the world might be?