A new report out of Australia indicates that radical Muslim extremists aren’t motivated by the cause of jihad.  Rather, they are driven to terrorism by Islamophobia and a high unemployment rate.  The report raises one inescapable question:  Just what the hell are they putting in the water down under?

Via News.com.au (h/t Weasel Zippers):

A new report paints a devastating picture of Muslim unemployment in Australia and links workplace discrimination to terrorist attacks such as the Bali bombings.

The report says that reducing the deep-seated hostility toward Muslims by a minority of Australians was hard to achieve in an atmosphere created by an open-ended war on terror.

The Newcastle University report was completed last year and quietly released on the Immigration Department’s website.

Using Census data, it found that the jobless rate for Muslim men was more than double the national average and that only 57 per cent of Muslim males aged 15 and older had jobs compared with 68 per cent of all working-age men.

Suburbs with high Muslim concentrations such as Broadmeadows and Dallas had jobless rates of more than 15 per cent in 2006, said the report.

“In total, 58 per cent of Muslims earned less than $400 per week compared to 41 per cent of the Australian population,” it said.

The seven-person research team, led by Prof Terry Lovat, said that Muslims faced workplace barriers including poor English proficiency, difficulty having overseas qualifications recognised and cultural and religious issues.

Apparently, a higher-than-average unemployment rate can lead to a bombing that kills over 200 people.  I’m sorry, but the unemployment rate here in the States is double for the African-American community, and nearly double for the Hispanic community.  It is also quite high for women.  And yet none of these groups – African-Americans, Hispanics, or women – have taken to strapping 1,000 kg. bombs into the backseat of their minivan in an attempt to blow up buildings and people.

Oddly enough, Osama Bin Laden put out an audio tape shortly after the Bali bombings which stated that the attack was a direct retaliation for support of the United States’ war on terror, and not due to the frustration in finding a good 9-5 job with quality health insurance, and a decent coffee club.