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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:45 AM
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"Blasts" from the past: 'They hate our policies, not our freedom'
November 29, 2004, updated Dec. 1, 7:30 a.m.

Late on the Wednesday afternoon before the Thanksgiving holiday, the US Defense Department confirmed the contents of a report by the Defense Science Board that is highly critical of the administration's efforts in the war on terror and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report had been originally placed on the DSB's website in early November.

'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 long-standing, 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.'

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1129/dailyUpdate.html



US admits the war for hearts and minds in Iraq is now lost
05 December 2004

THE Pentagon has admitted that the war on terror and the invasion and occupation of Iraq have increased support for al-Qaeda, made ordinary Muslims hate the US and caused a global backlash against America because of the self-serving hypocrisy of George W Bushs administration over the Middle East.

The mea culpa is contained in a shockingly frank strategic communications report, written this autumn by the Defence Science Board for Pentagon supremo Donald Rumsfeld.

On the war of ideas or the struggle for hearts and minds, the report says, American efforts have not only failed, they may also have achieved the opposite of what they intended.

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.

http://www.sundayherald.com/46389
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:50 AM
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1. The surprising thing
is that the writer considers the elevated stature of radical Islamists due to American intervention a "paradox"
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