Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Iraq Invasion Has Increased Global Terrorism

Those of us who realize that violence creates more violence in a downward spiral predicted this. Now, a new study shows that while al-Qaeda was disrupted after 9/11 and global terrorism was declining, it has increased sevenfold since the Iraq War. The Bush Admin.’s claim that “we are fighting them there so we don’t fight them here,” is revealed as fallacious: Yes, the Iraq war is attracting some foreign fighters, but mostly they are learning terrorist resistance tactics that they are then taking elsewhere. And Iraq has become a cause celebre for radicalized Islamists–so that terrorism, which received a very bad rep. in the wake of 9/11, has now become glorified and “heroic” in the resistance to the U.S. occupation. We are, as I have said many times, creating terrorists faster than we can kill them. This study shows just how much faster. Hat Tip to DLW at the Anti-Manichaeist. I had heard this study discussed on the BBC, but he gave the link to the article reporting it in Mother Jones.

Terrorism must be resisted, but we need a new model than an unending “war.” (I’ve been thinking of a blog on why the “war on terrorism” is a lie.) Glen Stassen has shown how the practices of Just Peacemaking can prevent terrorism here, and in 3 published articles reprinted on his website here. As usual with Glen, each article is filled with concrete examples from real life–well-documented statistics, etc., not just sweeping generalizations. I’m also hoping to review David Cortwright’s Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for an Age of Terrorism in this space in the near future.

All the more reason for us to pressure Congress to stop Bush’s Iraq war and prevent his planned war with Iran.

Update: The view that invading Iraq has decreased, rather than increased, our security as a nation is NOT just a “liberal” idea, nor even a pacifist one. Many retired generals and security experts made the argument before the war and are still making it. One of the most prominent is Lt. Gen. William Odom, who was National Security Advisor in the Reagan administration (hardly a peacenik), who testified to Congress against invading throughout 2002 and has since called this invasion, the worst U.S. foreign policy disaster in modern history. See his latest article in the Washington Post here. You can hear the general interviewed on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” here (streaming audio available after 6 p.m. EST on 22 Feb. 2007.


February 21, 2007 - Posted by | just peacemaking, terrorism prevention

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  1. […] required” if global terrorist networks like al-Qaeda are to be rendered ineffective.  I have noted before that the practices  of Just Peacemaking provide such an alternative way to oppose […]

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