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Is Iraq War helping or hurting the War on Terrorism?

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  1. mikey

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    And why?


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    So is that a YES or a NO?


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    I'm not sure the answer is as simple as a yes or no. IMO, the war in Iraq has both short term, and long term ramifications with repsect to terrorism. The short term ramifications are the immediate, increased hatred of the US through the eyes of muslims who see us as invaders of an islamic state. This increase obviously helps fill the ranks of willing suicide bombers & money donors. However, a short term benefit has been the dictation of the battlefield by western powers. Clearly, Al-Queda & radical islamic nations (Iran/Syria) have been forced to allocate massive amounts of manpower and funds to ensure that Democracy does not succeed in Iraq. All know that it's succession will mean a potential end to oppressive reign in the region. By bringing the fight outside the US, we've been able to push the radicals into fighting our military on foreign soil, as opposed to blowing up our civilians inside our own borders. The long term question can't be answered yet. Should Iraq prove to be a stable democracy down the road, then we'll have helped enormously. Should we fail then we'll have hurt ourselves far more than anyone discusses. Failure could result in the radicalization of the entire middle east. Consider how emboldened UBL felt after the Somalia pull out. An Iraq withdrawal could possibley push radicals to seak control of the entire ME, making it a unified fundamentalist state, run under Sharia law. Scary propostion. In a nutshell there is validity to both sides of the yes or no arguement. I personally feel that Iraq is the frontline of the war on terror. If we succeed there, big if, radical islam is in severe trouble.
     

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