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Iraq War Created More Terrorists
Posted By Washingtons Blog On October 19, 2012 @ 1:30 am In Think Tank,War/Defense | Comments Disabled
The Washington Times notes :
U.S. Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and Chairman of the House’s Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday that al Qaeda is a greater threat now than it was before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“That is the consensus of most intelligence experts,” he said on CNN’s “Starting Point.”
If King is right, then it shows that America’s anti-terrorism policies since 9/11 have been a dismal failure. 1
Initially – in the name of fighting our enemies – the U.S. has directly been supporting Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups for the last decade. See this , this , this , this  and this .
If Al Qaeda is a greater threat now than before 9/11, maybe it’s because – oh, I don’t know – we’re supporting them?
In addition, torture creates new terrorists :
Torture creates more terrorists and fosters more acts of terror than it could possibly neutralize.
“The administration’s policies concerning [torture] and the resulting controversies … strengthened the hand of our enemies.”
So the widespread program of torture under the Bush administration didn’t help.
Moreover, security experts – including both conservatives and liberals – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this , this , this , this , this , this , this  and this .
Killing innocent civilians is one of the main things which increases terrorism. As one of the top counter-terrorism experts (the former number 2 counter-terrorism expert at the State Department) told me , starting wars against states which do not pose an imminent threat to America’s national security increases the threat of terrorism because:
One of the principal causes of terrorism is injuries to people and families.
(Indeed, Al Qaeda wasn’t even in Iraq  until the U.S. invaded that country.)
Furthermore, James K. Feldman – former professor of decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the School of Advanced Airpower Studies – and other experts say that foreign occupation is the main cause of terrorism
University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape – who specializes in international security affairs – points out :
Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn’t to blame — the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.
Each month, there are more suicide terrorists trying to kill Americans and their allies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries than in all the years before 2001 combined.
New research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism such as that of 9/11 is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation, and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology independent of this crucial circumstance. Although this pattern began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, a wealth of new data presents a powerful picture.
More than 95 percent of all suicide attacks are in response to foreign occupation, according to extensive research  [co-authored by James K. Feldman - former professor of decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the School of Advanced Airpower Studies] that we conducted at the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Terrorism, where we examined every one of the over 2,200 suicide attacks across the world from 1980 to the present day. As the United States has occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, which have a combined population of about 60 million, total suicide attacks worldwide have risen dramatically — from about 300 from 1980 to 2003, to 1,800 from 2004 to 2009. Further, over 90 percent of suicide attacks worldwide are now anti-American. The vast majority of suicide terrorists hail from the local region threatened by foreign troops, which is why 90 percent of suicide attackers in Afghanistan are Afghans.
Israelis have their own narrative about terrorism, which holds that Arab fanatics seek to destroy the Jewish state because of what it is, not what it does. But since Israel withdrew its army from Lebanon in May 2000, there has not been a single Lebanese suicide attack. Similarly, since Israel withdrew from Gaza and large parts of the West Bank, Palestinian suicide attacks are down over 90 percent.
The first step is recognizing that occupations in the Muslim world don’t make Americans any safer — in fact, they are at the heart of the problem.
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 notes: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/oct/16/rep-king-al-qaeda-greater-threat-now-911/
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/al-qaeda-terrorists-u-s-finances-and-supports-attack-embasies.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/weve-always-been-at-war-with-eastasia-allies-with-al-qaeda.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/u-s-government-is-prosecuting-christians.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/is-america-the-worlds-largest-sponsor-of-terrorism.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/sleeping-with-the-devil-how-u-s-and-saudi-backing-of-al-qaeda-led-to-911.html
 creates new terrorists: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/04/torture-reduced-us-national-security.html
 says: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/02/leading-counter-terrorism-expert-and-former-high-level-official-slams-war-on-terror-and-questions-911.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/05/terrorism-expert-keeping-detainees-in.html
 said: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/28/AR2008112802242.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
 this: http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/05/one-of-militarys-top-interrogators-says.html
 says: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/29/AR2009052901560.html
 torture actually turns people into terrorists: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/03/10/fbi-interrogator-tor.html
 says: http://www.truthout.org/article/the-truth-is-out-cia-and-torture
 US Air Force interrogator: http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/12/when-we-torture-somebody-it-hardens.html
 U.S. interrogator and counterintelligence agent, and Afghanistan veteran: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/29/moveon-pushes-back-on-git_n_209047.html
 unanimously stated: http://harpers.org/archive/2008/12/hbc-90004012
 Two professors of political science: http://www.politicalscience.uncc.edu/jwalsh/cps3.pdf
 said: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/02/general-patraeus-torture-is.html
 reporter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Parry
 says that: http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/042209.html
 this: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/10/18/it_s_the_occupation_stupid
 this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/23/AR2006092301130.html
 this: http://www.counterpunch.org/feingold09292005.html
 this: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/100102_against_war.html
 this: http://www.rand.org/news/press/2008/07/29/
 this: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/12/terrorism
 this: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/06/terrorism
 this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/syria-foreign-jihadists-aleppo-al-qaida
 Al Qaeda wasn’t even in Iraq: http://crooksandliars.com/cernig/bush-admits-al-qaeda-wasnt-iraq-invasion-so
 drone strikes increase terrorism: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/opinion/how-drones-help-al-qaeda.html?_r=0
 see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odXIutYn-lQ
 extensive research: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226645606?ie=UTF8&tag=fopo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0226645606
 thinks that all Muslims are terrorists: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/06/22/504400/king-muslims-terrorism/
 supported the Irish Republican Army for decades: http://www.nysun.com/national/rep-king-and-the-ira-the-end-of-an-extraordinary/15853/
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