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Submitted by Pat (United States), Aug 23, 2005 at 13:18

"The causes al-Qaida extremists speak for are certainly just causes. The sanctioning of genocide and occupation in Palestine, slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Iraq through exposure to depleted Uranium and years of barbaric sanctions first, then through bombing and shelling without bothering to count the dead, brutal invasion of the country, destruction of its infrastructure and humiliation of its people undoubtedly rank among modern history's bloodiest crimes and darkest tragedies."

The above quote came from Soumayya Ghannoushi's article.
According to her, sanctions are barbaric. The international response to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and his refusal to abide by a ceasefire agreement rank among history's greatest crimes.

This may be nitpicking, but my view is that terrorism may obstruct political expansion, but it is part and parcel of radical Islam. I don't see how you can separate the two. The Islamists are bent on creating a universal caliphate. Some countries will not willingly submit to Shari'a law. These are defined in Islam as Dar-al-Harb, or the land of war. What we call terrorism is simply a tool that has been used by Islamists since the days of the prophet and war (and terrorism) is politics by other means.
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