U.S. Foreign Policy Continues To Motivate TerrorismSubmitted by McWilly on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:18
Ron Paul was very famously mocked in debates for his views on U.S. foreign policy, in which the wise old Congressman and Presidential Candidate expressed his points about terrorists targeting the U.S. not for our “freedom” but for our actions abroad. One quote of many comes from his 2008 tour:
I don’t see Islam as our enemy,” Paul said. “I see that motivation is occupation and those who hate us and would like to kill us, they are motivated by our invasion of their land, the support of their dictators that they hate.
This point of view is backed by a Pentagon report by the Defense Science Board Task Force in 2004, and also recent (2012) findings from the University of Chicago by Prof. Robert Pape. Pape was quoted in an interview stating:
We have lots of evidence now that when you put the foreign military presence in, it triggers suicide terrorism campaigns, … and that when the foreign forces leave, it takes away almost 100% of the terrorist campaign,
After the tragedy of the Boston Bombings, The Washington Post reported that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cited U.S. wars abroad as his motivation for the attack.
The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.