For some odd reason, many of us find it easy to dismiss the testimonies of the thousands of the terrorists and counter insurgents themselves who, when asked, "Why did you become a terrorist?" would respond, "Because of George Bush's war," or "Because of the American invasion."
However, I wonder whose truthfulness, whose credentials, would be enough to convince some people. Those of us who are absolutely convinced that the war made us safer would do well to note the informed opinions offered in the recent MSNBC article as follows:
- Adm. Scott Redd, head of the National Counter Terrorism Center admits that, in the short term at least, "U.S. destruction is radicalizing a generation of young Arab and Muslims men." He's holding out for a presumed long term effect (Which, I suppose, is something like pie in the sky.)
- "New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly calls the war a "catalyst" that has made his job harder and has made New York, the site of the twin tower catastrophe, less safe!
- Even Iraqis who hate al Queda say they hate the United States even more.
- A National Security Council's former senior director for Near East and African Affairs declares, not only that the war has made things worse, and that we are "chasing the wrong bad guys," but that the war has made the United States less safe.
- Baghdad prisoners themselves say it was the U.S, Occupation that turned them bad.
I saw the article at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21312504/