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Only 95 percent?

The truly alarming aspect of this issue: What Al-Qaida publicly demands of the U.S. appears to be, in essence, this: “Get your armed forces out of our countries. If you guarantee our security, we’ll guarantee yours.”

Occupation and suicide terrorism

Guess who came to dinner!
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Unfortunately, Al-Qaida then demonstrates its fundamental hypocrisy by using terror, coercion and violence rather than reason, eloquence and moral authority to deliver this message.

It is fatuous, however, to pretend that the U.S. has not amassed a long history of foreign interventions for the most unsavory of motives*. It is equally inane to imagine that such interventions, particularly when they kill people, do not incur profound resentment. Would it, then, be entirely illogical to try taking Al-Qaida at its word and simply withdrawing our military from the Middle East and South Asia, and permitting the people of those regions to progress independently without foreign domination?

*Three examples: The U.S., often using the CIA and local operatives under its direction, was instrumental in overthrowing the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 for the benefit of the oil company now known as BP, installing in its place a monarchy under the despotic control of Shah Reza Pahlevi, who ruled with a leaden hand strengthened by the notorious secret police, Savak. The following year, it did the same in Guatemala, this time at the behest of the United Fruit Company; the usurping regime became infamous for repression and cruelty. And in 1973, it toppled President Salvador Allende, of Chile, replacing him with the sadistic dictator Augusto Pinochet, for the greater profit of ITT Corporation; Pinochet was eventually to find himself on trial, in the UK, for crimes against humanity, the moral equivalent of a senior Nazi official in the Holocaust.

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