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Topic: Terrorism

How the Iraq War Created ISIS: Crucial Information for Understanding Terrorism
12/6/2015 2:20:00 AM

On CNN tonight (Saturday, 12/5/15) Fareed Zakaria hosted a show called 'Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World'. It had aired last May but seems to have been updated with information about the Paris attacks. It is the best brief account of how ISIS was created out of the destruction of Iraq by the American military ordered there by George W. Bush.

I realize that every effort is made by so many commentators and politicians to make sure that this country is never blamed for anything it does in the world. And I realize that no American wants to have to admit to the way this country has operated in the rest of world. We like to remember victory in World War II, not the terrible defeat in Vietnam.

Now in San Bernardino, California, a young Muslim couple has killed fourteen people and wounded many more. It is hard to fathom such an attack, seems so senseless. It can only be understood within the context of what this country has been doing in Muslim nations for the past several decades. And in Iraq we sent in thousands of troops, killed hundreds of thousands of people, and literally destroyed a country. We have inflamed Muslim hatred for the United States for the indefinite future. The more we use military violence to destroy Muslims in the Middle East the more violence we can expect in this country.

Things are going to get very tough for peacemakers in this country, I am afraid. The war drums are pounding again. The media will allow the most hostile voices to try to whip up the American people to support even increased massive violence against Muslims. Obama may be forced to do what he doesn't want to do.

I encourage people to watch this show, "Blindsided".
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