Thursday, May 06, 2004

From the Files Of: I Told You So

As many predicted, the War in Iraq has dealt a crushing blow to the image of the U.S. in the Muslim world. As if our standing couldn't get any lower after the double whammy of the protracted violence of April, resulting in hundreds of civilian casualties, and Bush's sudden reversal of 50 years of U.S. foreign policy concerning the Israeli/Palestinian by acknowledging Israel's right to territories in the West Bank and to deny Palestinian refugees the right to return to territory within Israel, along comes the atomic bomb of PR disasters: photographic evidence of widespread and systematic abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib (Saddam's notorious "torture chamber").

Also, as predicted, the deterioration of the U.S.'s image in this region has produced more sympathizers for Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden, and has apparently radicalized young men in the region spawning more able bodied and impassioned jihadists. This makes terrorism worse, not better. We are less safe now, than before the War in Iraq.

For a nice roundup of these facts, check out this article in the Christian Science Monitor.

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