The U.S. is more secure after the war against Iraq
Last updated 2004-10-25
Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix says the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has stimulated terrorism.
The war with Iraq increases the likelihood of future terrorism because It immediately reduced International cooperation. For instance: American intelligence and State Department officials have told reporter Seymour M. Hersh that by early 2002 Syria had emerged as one of the C.I.A.'s most effective intelligence allies in the fight against Al Qaeda, providing an outpouring of information that came to an end only with the invasion of Iraq. "There is no security relationship now," a Syrian foreign-ministry official told Mr. Hersh. "It saddens us as much as it saddens you. We could give you information on organizations that we don't think should exist. If we help you on Al Qaeda, we are helping ourselves." It creates more young terrorists willing to blow themselves up due to civilian casualties and property destruction that American bombs and troops cause. It violates the International rule of law Its starves funds for U.S. Security measures at home and for International anti-terrorism efforts. The Iraqi war inflames anti-American sentiment and some U.S. Officials are arguing for a quick exit from Iraq It incites nations to develop nuclear weapons in order to deter the U.S. from pre-emptive attacks against them. Iraqi destabilization and unemployment creates anti-American backlash. US Troops are exposed to terrorist attacks within Iraq President Bush has refused to allow UN Peacekeeping troops to take charge of peace-keeping measures in Iraq, thus endangering US Troops and making targets of any UN troops under US control.It diverts manpower from hunting terrorists. President Bush pulled out the special forces from Afghanistan that were getting very close to getting Osama Bin Ladin who was responsible for the 9/11 attack. These special forces were moved to Iraq. Now Osama Bin Ladin is free to plot and mount increased terrorist attacks against US supporters from his Afghanistan mountain hideouts.
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