Since 9/11 Americans have been completely overwhelmed with the desire to indentify the "root causes" of Islamic terrorism in a futile effort to somehow be able to explain the inexplicable. An inability to explain why affluent and educated young men from Saudi Arabia would sacrifice their own lives to kill thousands leads fuels this desperation and then leads us to the next question that Americans feel compelled to ask themselves "Why do they hate us?".
Seemingly oblivious to our own patronization of our adversaries, we carefully avoid the real sources and blame it on the usual suspects of "poverty," "injustice," "exploitation," and "frustration", and in a bizarre twist of fate, we ironically make our adversaries out to be the victims and ourselves to be the aggressors which does nothing but further fuel the anger.
It is power that forms the roots of terrorism and not poverty.