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Al Qaeda Hates Our Policies, Not Our Freedoms
Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity comments on a report of the Defense Science Board.

George Bush and Dick Cheney during the election campaign repeatedly referred to Al Qaeda terrorists as hating us as Americans and hating our freedoms and therefore we must fight them in Iraq. A report of the Defense Science Board of the U.S. Defense Department contradicts the president and vice-president. The report on Strategic Communication was finished in September but not released until after the election.

The report concludes:
    “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,' but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf States.

    "Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy...

    "...Nor can the most carefully crafted messages, themes, and words persuade when the messenger lacks credibility.”
If the United States is to deal effectively with the Muslim world its leaders must have a clear understanding of what is going on. It is not possible just to send American military forces all over the world to fight wars. It is necessary to deal with the policies and conditions that are creating terrorists in the first place.

Former intelligence official Ray McGovern discusses these points along with how the New York Times has covered the report.

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Date Added: 12/5/2004 Date Revised: 12/5/2004 2:39:18 PM

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