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5/16/2004 03:10:00 PM | Nikhil

Creating Terrorists
An article on MSNBC provides a profile of a community in which American policy creates hostility among muslims, even in areas not usually thought of as hot zones.

Reminds me of Yeo Weiming at Singapore's Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies:
Finally, the international environment has become more favorable for the Islamic militants. The worsening of the Israeli-Palestine issue and the ability of Al Qaeda to survive and retaliate in Middle East, East Africa and Southeast Asia has unleashed a torrent of support. The US war in Iraq will only further compound the problem and swell the flow of recruits and other forms of support to Islamic militants and radical Islamic political groups pursuing an aggressive Islamic political and terrorist agenda in the near future.
One possible conclusion is that because the policing of terrorist groups cannot be as effective as is neccessary to crush them in Southeast Asia, where bombing, invading and occupying Southern Thailand, and some of Indonesia's thousands of islands is (hopefully) not an option, U.S. policy could be detrimental to security against terrorists. Every bit of land cannot be controlled, and thus the same Institute concludes that:
Despite some significant disruption to its infrastructure there has been an apparent activation of new, albeit simple, training camps to train ‘high-level foot soldiers’... The new Al Qaeda camps are regularly dismantled and moved. They keep the camps as small, as discrete and as mobile as they can... the MILF reopened two training camps in south Philippines, in addition to one training camp in Indonesia. The one discovered in Iraq allegedly instructed recruits in bomb-making and martyrdom operations.
Both reports are about a year old, but, as the MSNBC article suggests, it does not seem as though the situation is changing.



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