Too many times I have been in arguments in which it was disputed whether or not our actions in Iraq create more potential terrorists. A study by the International Institute of Strategic Studies shows that al-Qaida is on the rise. From Report: al-Qaida Ranks Swelling Worldwide:
- Far from being crippled by the U.S.-led war on terror, al-Qaida has more than 18,000 potential terrorists scattered around the world and the war in Iraq is swelling its ranks, a report said Tuesday. . . .
Driving the terror network out of Afghanistan in late 2001 appears to have benefited the group, which dispersed to many countries, making it almost invisible and hard to combat, the story said.
And the Iraq conflict “has arguably focused the energies and resources of al-Qaida and its followers while diluting those of the global counterterrorism coalition that appeared so formidable” after the Afghan intervention, the survey said.
The U.S. occupation of Iraq brought al-Qaida recruits from across Islamic nations, the study said. Up to 1,000 foreign Islamic fighters have infiltrated Iraqi territory, where they are cooperating with Iraqi insurgents, the survey said.
The “War” on Terror is not going so well. Bombing the hell out of other countries, taking them over, and torturing their citizens, many of whom are innocent, isn’t such a good strategy after all. That was a problem from the get-go. These terrorists are spread out all over the world. They aren’t a country that can be conquered. They spread like a virus wherever our country does its evil deeds. They are all over the US. Should we bomb ourselves?