The classified US National Intelligence Estimate, representing the views of 16 US spy services, has given the Bush Administration its worst news.
The intelligence report asserts that since 9/11, Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat before US onslaught, has spread across the globe.
The intelligence report says that the American-led invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since 9/11.
In fact the Estimate attaches a more direct role to the Iraq war in fuelling radicalism than the White House and the House Intelligence Committee reports were willing to admit.
What it wouldn’t say (because it’s not its job) is that the US wanton bombings, occupation of foreign land and persecution of their inhabitants have killed mainly innocents, as well as instigated inter-ethnic conflicts of the worst kind as we have witnessed in Iraq. In sum, everyday more people are being killed because of the US selfish avaricious bulldozing conduct. And thus the terrorists get more and more willing recruits filled with hatred in their hearts for the US.
But it did say precisely that "the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse."
An unidentified US official said: "It paints a fairly stark picture of what we all know, and that this is a movement that is spreading and gaining momentum around the world. Things like the Iraq war have given the terrorists recruiting tools and places to ply their trade and a training ground."
It’s not as if the US intelligence community just discovered what we all knew eons ago, that without ‘hearts & minds’ which the Bush Administration is least capable of (because of overwhelming Deutronomic influence). They (National Intelligence Council) had already predicted in January 2003, two months before the Iraq invasion, that the ‘approaching’ war (& invasion of Iraq) had the potential to increase support for political Islam worldwide and could increase support for some terrorist objectives.
The latest report merely confirms that prediction.
‘Hearts & minds’ – something just beyond the Bush Administration. It’s a pity that the British under Tony Blair, so eager to brown-nose the Americans, didn’t offer their expertise on this vital concept to defeating terrorism. Afterall it was the British (Thompson) who designed the ‘new village’ concept which together with ‘hearts & minds’ won the war against the communist insurgents in Malaysia. Too busy with his nose stuck between Bush’s buttocks?