threat? what threat?

September 25, 2006

From the New York Times:

Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.  An opening section of the report, “Indicators of the Spread of the Global Jihadist Movement,” cites the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology. The report “says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,” said one American intelligence official. The report mentions the possibility that Islamic militants who fought in Iraq could return to their home countries, “exacerbating domestic conflicts or fomenting radical ideologies.”

Since most of the other intelligence collected by these agencies has turned out to be a load of fowl manure, I think we can confidently conclude that the events in Iraq have had no effect whatsoever. This was confirmed to me during an interview with Mr Ali Ghayshuns an Aywash of the Muslim Association of Dagenham. “We just want to let bygones be bygones”, he said as he sipped his Earl Grey from a fine bone china cup. “Politics is politics, you know, countries get invaded, people get killed; at the end of the day President Bush is just a misunderstood man who meant well.”  “But hasn’t it made a few of you, sort of, you know, a bit angry even?” I suggested, choosing my words carefully. A warm smile meandered across his face as he replied “Of course not. We wouldn’t let a little thing like that upset us. Even lovers have- what do you call them- stiffs? Time to move on, we say, Now have another cup of tea.”

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