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Old 05-02-2011, 12:38 PM   #79 (permalink)
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I think that the level of terrorism we saw over the last 30 or 40 years has run its course. I think a big side-effect of the war in Iraq was the undermining of the al-queda cause. I would guess that they lost more devotees than they gained. There's still always going to be problems as long as there is nothing resolved between the Palestinians and Israelis, but the global directives against western interests as a motivating force has lost a lot of steam as the people of the middle east have seen anti-US figures behaving very poorly against their own people. I don't underestimate the importance of Al Jazeera in that as well - getting a good source of information as a basis to take matters into their own hands has allowed the idea of american influence to fade into the background.
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