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Misunderstanding the War on Terror:

Naomi Klein in The Nation:

“Most alarming, the attacks [on Sadr in Iraq] appear to be boosting support not only for Sadr personally but for theocracy generally. In February, the month before Paul Bremer closed down Sadr’s newspaper, an Oxford Research International survey found that a majority of Iraqis wanted a secular government: Only 21 percent of respondents said their favored political system was “an Islamic state” and only 14 percent ranked “religious politicians” as their preferred political actors. Fast-forward to August, with Najaf under siege by US forces: The International Republican Institute reported that a staggering 70 percent of Iraqis want Islam and Shariah as the basis of the state.”

We went into a secular-Islamic country, in order to “spread democracy” and “liberate the Iraqis,” and have inspired instead an increasingly fundamentalist populace and a breeding ground for potential terrorists.



Written by laura k

October 1, 2004 at 3:08 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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