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Iraq War Responsible for Increased Terror Threat

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Posted on Sep 24, 2006

The latest National Intelligence Estimate blames the Iraq War for the expansion of terrorist threats.  According to the consensus gathered from 16 intelligence agencies, “jihadism” has increased since Sept. 11, 2001, due especially to the war in Iraq.


New York Times:

The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.

The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States, it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.

An opening section of the report, Indicators of the Spread of the Global Jihadist Movement, cites the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology.

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By narbmasterZ, March 14, 2007 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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god bush sucks and he should just mind his own business if people in iraq die then that’s there problem but if it starts to be a genocide where one group gets the upper hand, then we intervene.

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, September 25, 2006 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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Alejandro, remember to whom you are speaking.
We, the American People, need a study to tell us that watching 2 gillion acts of violence a year on television has a detrimental affect on the developement of a child. Then when a corpgov panel says well maybe not, we just shut up, fold our tents and leave, with our children still watching violence, or hearing it, or reading it.
And yes, we do value our blinders, because the Dorian Grey picture that awaits us is more than we want to deal with. So shut up and do not disturb me, I am into the third book on the Left Behind series and want to finish this chapter and re-read the gory parts before American Idol comes on.

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By Alejandro Quinonez, September 25, 2006 at 8:34 am Link to this comment
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Kudos to all of the above. I don’t have much to add except to ask a question. Why does the main stream media treat this daming report as though it was a diagramed play to be used in some kind of sporting event? Children are dying because of this stupidity, and these reports should be used to inform the American people of all political parties to seek truth and justice, not interpretation. Truth is absolute. I beleive that most American’s don’t want to take the blinders off for fear of the truth in what they will see. A very ugly picture of ourselves.

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By shawn kilmer, September 24, 2006 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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congratulations, captain Obvious. in other news, dog crap still smells bad…

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, September 24, 2006 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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So, they say if we do it to them, then they do it to us, then we do more of it to them, they will do more of it to us…....WOW YOU GUYS ARE TRULY INTELLIGENT. THE REST OF US COULD NOT HAVE FIGURED THAT OUT IN A MILLION YEARS.

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By Fadel Abdallah, September 24, 2006 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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Here we go again! The coiners of fear mongering language have already coined the word “jihadism” to be added to the many other “isms”, such as “militarism,” “communism,” “fascism,” “Nazism,” Catholicism,” “barbarism,” and “capitalism.”

Besides, we have another new worry to deal with, since our intelligent agencies and our politicians are so slow thinkers that they’re just realizing that the Iraqi occupation and war are responsible for increased terrorism.

That makes me the most qualified person to head all intelligence agencies and possibly more deserving to sit in the White House. As early as 1980’s I wrote articles and commentaries warning that its injustices and occupation in Palestine that will be responsible for more increased acts of desperate suicide bombings and acts of terrorism, which are actually perceived as acts of counter-terrorism against injustices and occupation.

Since then we had three more occupations in Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. So what do intelligent people expect?! It’s occupation and injustices that breed desperate counter-terrorism acts from people who lost it all and have no more to loose. Those people’s motto is: “On me and my enemies!”

In conclusion, I will repeat what I’ve been saying for thirty years: “It’s injustices and occupation, stupid!”

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By Bob, September 24, 2006 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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I’m more surprized the NYT, even published this report given its lack luster opposition to fully exposing all the misinformation about this whole mis-adventure. Yet kudos, to the editorial staff of the NYT on this one. Now to the point, this so-called war on a tactic of warfare, and not on any particular country, goverment or its people. One without any recognizible face other than those fed to us as THEM. Was it not the same term meaning TERRORISM, used by the regimes of Nazi Germany, Italy, Stalinist Russia as part of their so-called justified state sponsored campagains of political terrorism aganist thier perceived enemies? Were the Free French Underground onced considered Terrorists? Then turn around and used by the French against the FLN during there war of liberation against the French in Algeria? Was it not used by the U.S goverment towards Ho Chi Min’s North Veitnam goverment during the war in South East Asia? Could it not also be an appropriate term to describe the carpet fire bombing of both Dresden, Germany and Tokyo, Japan by Allied Forces during the second world war? My point is clear, there is no country called Terrorism, where all its citizens are known as Terrorists. Terrorism is a tatic of warfare, one that has been employed by both so-called good and bad guys. So the real story here is who are the real terrorists? Yes, as it slowly begins to sink into your mind; anybody could possibly a terrorist. Allow me to share a statement once used by a card carrying member of the National Socialist Party; AKA Nazi Party, a Captain as well in its navy before he was sent to a concentration camp. His name was Martin Niemoller
and this is what he said:

When they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
  because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
  because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
  because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
  because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
  and there was no one left to speak out for me.’

So you see if we deny oursleves the true facts about any subject, we put oursleves possibly in the position of falling for what George Orwell once called the Great Lie. I remember reading Orwells ‘Animal Farm’ and in the last chapter on the last page I clearly remember after the pigs had taken over the farmers house, and started wearing their clothes and adopting the life style of their oppressers. Invited some of the neighboring farmers over for a supper and an argument broke out. It just so happens that some of the animals on the farm were looking in the window. While doing so they notice as those sitting at the table shouted back and forth one to the other, the animals on the outside looking in could not tell one from the other. That is funny, because the same thing is sometimes said about members of the house of reresenatives in our congress. While we the American people still do not fully really understand what the U.S Patriot Act is about; nor, that of the Department of Home land Security. Lets us not forget that all the worlds infamous dictators shared one thing in common; they were all arrogant idoits. Just a little food for thought. Remember never stop elevating and expanding your thought process; become active and rememeber that this is still a country founded on the principle of one being for people and by the people; and not just one for some of the pork barrel folks running it now.

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By Daniel DiRito, September 24, 2006 at 7:51 am Link to this comment
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The problem, as I view it, is that virtually all the actions of this President in the region are fomenting instability and hostility that may soon reach a point of no return. Even worse, the efforts of this administration are failing to create a wedge between extremist leaders and their populations. On the contrary, the language used by this administration, coupled with the perception that the U.S. is engaged in unwarranted and ideological aggression, has served to push otherwise moderate populations into alignment with radical governments and extremist organizations.

As I attempt to grasp the magnitude of allowing this President unfettered authority between now and the end of his second term, I can’t help but wonder what it would take to dissuade a man with his level of certainty and conviction from undertaking the actions that will facilitate the ideations he seems convinced have been presented to him through a mix of fate and faith.

History may well record this chapter as a period of unparalleled extremism. Worse yet, the United States may well be viewed as the primary force in facilitating that eventuality. George Bush, when asked about his legacy, seems content to respond that while he can’t predict the future he believes his actions will prove to be pivotal. He may well be correct but, in this instance, I would suggest he recall the expression, “Be careful what you wish for”.

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