The 'War on Terror' Has Utterly Failed - Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11

The 'War on Terror' Has Utterly Failed  -  Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11
030501-N-6817C-049 Pacific Ocean (May 1, 2003) -- President George W. Bush passes through the "side boys" after a successful trap aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in a S-3B Viking assigned to the Blue Wolves of Sea Control Squadron Three Five (VS-35) designated "NAVY 1". President Bush is the first sitting President to trap aboard an aircraft carrier at sea. The President is conducting a visit aboard ship to meet with the Sailors and will address the Nation as Lincoln prepares to return from a 10-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements. (RELEASED)

In the 17 years since the events of Sept. 11 2001, after which the United States declared a "global war on terror," there has not been a terrorist attack of similar size or magnitude on American soil.


However, according to findings in a new congressionally mandated report by the United States Institute of Peace—authored by members of a federal task force focused on extremism—nations around the world have suffered a five-fold increase in terrorist attacks following the post-9/11 policies unleashed by the U.S. and its allies.

The focus of the report—titled Beyond the Homeland: Protecting America from Extremism in Fragile States—maintains a very U.S.-centric worldview. And while it does little or nothing to critically challenge the widely criticized policies pursued by the Bush, Obama, or Trump presidencies, its tabulation of the dramatic rise in destablized states and growing terrorist violence throughout the regions where the U.S. military has been most active since 2001—namely, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa—is nonetheless revealing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"635250","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"256","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"490"}}]]

That the so-called "global war on terror" is, in fact, creating more terrorists than it eliminates is not news. Even the CIA has admitted that.

But 17 years after that fateful and horrifying day—and with the people of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Chad, Yemen, and many other countries still being forced to suffer the consequences of a nearly borderless, limitless war—it remains important to once more document the futility of violence as being a solution to... violence.

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