TITLE

United States Occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq: A Hindrance to Combating Global Terrorism

AUTHOR(S)
Irogbe, Kema
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table;2011, Vol. 2011 Issue 2, p0
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The infamous attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, by Osama Bin Laden-led Al Qaeda network marked a turning point in the relationship between the United States and the Islamic world. This watershed event led to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan (where Al Qaeda organization was harbored by Taliban regime) and the subsequent unjustifiable invasion of Iraq. How do the continued U.S. occupations of the two Islamic countries help to combat global terrorism? And do the occupations bridge the gulf between the Islamic world and the United States? Drawing aggregate of quantitative and qualitative data, it is argued in this paper that the continued occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq ignite rather than reduce global terrorism and that complete withdrawals hold enormous promise for global peace and security. In doing so, the paper provides an analysis of the mounting cost of human and financial resources of the wars, the abuses or atrocities committed by the invaders including the application of extraordinary rendition, the indefinite detention of prisoners of war without the benefit of trials, the looting of Iraq treasures, and the effects of the seemingly perpetual and unwinnable wars on the polarization of Muslims and Christians in the United States. The conclusion is that there is insufficient evidence to establish an optimistic prognosis for the prospects of peace and security in the region of Middle East but ending the U.S. occupations of Islamic territories can be a turning point for the illusive peace.
ACCESSION #
85643659

 

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