I'm surprised it's taken this long to become realized. The New York Times published an article earlier this week indicating that several intelligence agencies have found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Surprise. Surprise. A five-year old could have guessed that this was going to happen.
The article went on to say that the radical Islamic movement has expanded from a core of Qaeda operatives and affiliated groups to include a new class of “self-generating” cells inspired by Al Qaeda’s leadership but without any direct connection to Osama bin Laden or his top lieutenants.
What amazes me here is not only that this wasn't (and still isn't, by most) considered to be a risk when considering our foreign policy, but rather that our friends in the White House haven't used their impeccable media skills to sway the Islamic community as they do their own American constituents.
Come-on folks. This new form of war isn't going to be won by guns and brute force, but rather by media and education.