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November 30, 2004
Pentagon Report Criticizes War on Terror

Via Political Wire.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on a report quietly released by the Pentagon's Defence Science Board that strongly criticizes the war on terror and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The report directly contradicts many constant assertions by the President and others in the administration, specifically that Muslim extremists "hate our freedom" and that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not united once divided factions among extremists.

Muslims do not hate our freedom, but rather they hate our policies [the report says]. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the long-standing, even increasing, support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan and the Gulf states. Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.

Curious how this doesn't seem to be such a big story, ain't it?


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