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The Paradox of the 'Global War on Terror'
Three features of the contemporary American political landscape converged after 9/11 to shape America’s understanding of terrorism: the Neo-conservative movement, the Christian Right, and the pro-Israel lobby. Supported by a plurality of the American people, this strategy assumes that American foreign policy in the world, especially the Middle East, has not motivated Muslims to become terrorists and that Iraq is part of the war on terrorism. The consequences of this particular strategic understanding are a diversion from the real war on terrorism, an increased supply of terrorists spawned by the war in Iraq, and, finally, the militarization and securitization of American society at home. The ultimate irony must be that America’s global war on terrorism is in fact being won, despite its strategic blunders. This is because of the daily police work and intelligence collaboration that goes on among the US, European, Arab and Southeast Asian countries.