In 2007, then-Senator Chuck Hagel (Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense) essentially became an apologist for terrorists when he alleged that the reason Palestinians commit acts of terror is because they “lack hope” and “have been chained down for many, many years”.
He also said this, via WND:
“…this is not about terrorists don’t like freedom. Tell that to the Palestinian people who have been chained down for many, many years. Terrorism is not a strategy, it’s a tactic. Terrorism is not a plan. It’s not a belief like democracy or monarchy. It’s a tactic.”
With the gift of hindsight, it’s quite easy to prove Hagel was wrong about terrorists liking freedom. Hey Chuck, have you seen the ‘Arab Spring’ unfold? The Arab world is voting for Islamic tyranny in the name of Democracy. The Palestinians are being led by Hamas, which is an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood, the same Brotherhood that Egyptians put into power after Mubarak was removed.
Kinda proves that Freedom and Democracy are not synonymous terms, doesn’t it?
The only thing Hagel got right was that terrorism is a tactic.
As for people losing hope, governments who intentionally destroy their nations’ economies with runaway debt and deficits are more responsible for that than anything else; that would include the same government Hagel worked in as a Senator and seeks to work in again as Defense Secretary.