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Ray McGovern: Asking Anonymous
Asking Anonymous

by Ray McGovern
June 28, 2004

It's not hatred of our liberal democracy, but hatred of our policies that fuels terrorism, insisted the now-famous anonymous CIA analyst on Sunday. Here, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern offers an insider's perspective to decode the significance of Anonymous coming forward now and the credibility of his claims.

The book has an apt title: Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror. And the author spells out why. We are losing because of the misguided war on Iraq and the upsurge in terrorism it has engendered.

Sadly, that conclusion was validated last week by the widespread, coordinated attacks by the Iraqi resistanceattacks that brought Vietnam to mind and, specifically, the country-wide Tet offensive by Communist forces in early 1968 that made Walter Cronkite and many other Americans realize we had all been badly misled into thinking that that war was winnable.


Its not hatred of us as a society, its hatred of our policies, Mike insisted. He gave pride of place to the neuralgic issue of Israel. With candor not often heard on American television, he emphasized Its very hard in this country to debate policy regarding Israel, adding that bin Ladens genius is his ability to exploit those U.S. policies most offensive to MuslimsOur support for Israel, our presence on the Arabian peninsula, in Afghanistan and Iraq, our support for governments that Muslims believe oppress Muslims.

Asked how bin Laden views the war in Iraq specifically, Mike said bin Laden looks on it as proof of Americas hostility toward Muslims; that America is willing to attack any Muslim country that dares defy it; that it is willing to do almost anything to defend Israel. The war is certainly viewed as an action meant to assist the Israeli state. It isa godsend for those Muslims who believe as bin Laden does.


The Neocons and their compliant Republican drones have made the US even more of a target, if that was possible. This is what happens when you have someone like W in the Oval Office.
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