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04/28/2013 12:38 EDT | Updated 06/27/2013 05:12 EDT

The Week In Review: HuffPost Bloggers Bravely Commit Sociology

This week, the debate raged on over the "root causes" of terrorism. On CBC's Power & Politics, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre took a literalist approach, declaring the root causes of terrorism to be terrorists. On HuffPost, the analysis ran a little deeper, with many suggested causes, including oppressive foreign policy. "The root cause [of terrorism] is only depravity," wrote one blogger, Lauryn Oates. "The line between seeking to understand this depravity, and seeking to justify it, is fine and must be tread upon with care." Whatever one's perspective, that's advice worth heeding.

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This week, the debate raged on over the "root causes" of terrorism -- and over how much we should care about said causes in the first place. On CBC's Power & Politics Thursday, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre took a literalist approach, declaring the root causes of terrorism to be terrorists. In HuffPost blog posts, the analysis ran a little deeper, with some bloggers suggesting a link to the West's oppressive foreign policy, and others rejecting such characterizations as illogical rationalizations of violence. "The root cause [of terrorism] is only depravity," wrote blogger Lauryn Oates. "The line between seeking to understand this depravity, and seeking to justify it, is fine and must be tread upon with care." Whatever one's perspective, or tendency to commit sociology, that's advice worth heeding.