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ON AIR: Has the Iraq conflict fuelled Terrorism?

Priya Shah | 18:03 UK time, Wednesday, 27 September 2006

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We're an open news programme where you set the agenda and today you want to talk about the intelligence report by 16 US agencies which say the Iraq conflict has helped fuel terror around the world. Has it?

Mike Malone in Aberdeen

Has the Iraq war fuelled terrorism? I believe that's what's called a "no-brainer".

But E. Helme says:

The world, in particular the US, is safer since George Bush took office. Name one major attack in the last five years on US soil? Taking the fight to the enemy has forced them to create a centre of gravity that is NOT your hometown.

Kiron Skinner is a fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University in the US - she believes that terrorism has not been exacerbated by the Iraq conflict: it was always there and had to be dealt with. The US had to invade Iraq in order to protect its own citizens. Even if there have been problems since the war began, it was worth doing and many people in the US recognise this.

Salim Lone was spokesman for the UN mission in Baghdad in 2003. He feels that the Iraq war has been a complete disaster - how can you tell Iraqis that all those hundreds of thousands of people were killed and their country was destroyed just to protect Americans???

David Bellavia served in Iraq (also co-founder of Vets for Freedom and has been nominated for Medal of Honour for the Battle of Fallujah) - he said Iraqi's welcomed him and other soldiers when he was there. Fallujah is an example of an internationally condemned operation, but if you go there now, people thank the US and want the jihadis to stop fighting. But Salim argued that polls show that Fallujans and Iraqis want the US out. If they are thanking troops, they don't really mean it.

Kyuu in Finland says:

The war was most certainly UN-justified, but would things have been that much different without it? The core reasons for desperate acts are still there.

Geoff in London says:

The supporters of the war are too afraid of losing face. Their irresponsibility is inflaming opinions everywhere. This puts us all at risk whether we supported the war or not.

Jonathan in Sydney says:

It's a big mess, no matter how you keep trying to re-define 'mess' as 'success'. Maybe 'W' stands for Wrong - as in Wrong President. The right, Al Gore, one is out there trying to save the planet.


Though i think the war wasn't called for. it has shown many faces of muslim extremism the world never have seen before.


If George Bush hadn't invaded Iraq, there would've bin terrorists blowing themselves up all over the place! now, thanx2 George, they mostly blow themselves up in Iraq.


Bush is just grasping at straws to justify his hopeless adventures in afghanistan and iraq. Hopeless because they cannot be won.


Why is everyone concerned about the "root cause" of terror. Islamic terrorism has one cause; the decline of a once great culture.


The threat of terrorism has increased because of iraq. but i am more worried about iraqis killing each other.


The best way to win hearts and minds of muslims around the world is to stop separating them.


I use to be against the war. but now i am for it and would like to see other arab states taken over - purely for the principal of exterminating fundamental islamic views.


It's no surprise that attacking an enemy could not only embolden them, but lead to a surge in their recruitment.

You can read one of Salim's articles here.


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