American direct intervention in the Muslim World has paradoxically elevated the stature of and support for radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single-digits in some Arab societies.

[...]

What was a marginal network is now an Ummah-wide movement of fighting groups. Not only has there been a proliferation of “terrorist” groups: the unifying context of a shared cause creates a sense of affiliation across the many cultural and sectarian boundaries that divide Islam.
We knew this would be true, but this comes from a US Defense Science Board under the US Secretary of Defense. The report also explains that it is not America's freedoms that they hate (as many Americans believe), but America's foreign policy.

via rojisan via The Guardian

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If anyone knows what page this quote is one, could you post it here?

bug,

It's the last bullet on page 40.

All the more reason to spend more for defense.
How cute of the US Defense Science Board.

Anyway, this is clearly true.

And it was probably Al-Quaeda's objective... Don't you think?

Controversial strategist, George Friedman, thinks so, too.

Luca De Biase, bloggin’ from Italy

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