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Are U.S. Wars Fueling Domestic Terrorism?

There is increasing evidence that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are fueling a radicalization of young Muslims in the United States.
 
 
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Are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan creating a domestic terrorist threat? The potential disaster of a Nigerian man attempting to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas day forces us to confront the question.

As the New York Times recently reported, there is increasing evidence that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are fueling a radicalization of young Muslims in the United States who are angry about the military occupation of Muslim lands and the killing of innocent Muslim citizens. There are legitimate concerns that this may lead to more ethnic profiling, but I believe the lesson is that we need to end as quickly as possible the military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and call for an end to permanent war against Islamic terrorists.

 

Katrina Vanden Heuvel is the publisher of The Nation

 
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