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Why the West is Losing 
By Eric Margolis 
The Toronto Sun 
Sunday 12 September 2004 

Three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, America's politicians 
and media continue to gravely deceive the public about the so-called 
war on terrorism. 
Now the definitive book on terrorism has appeared that should be 
mandatory reading for every thinking person. It's called Imperial 
Hubris: Why The West is Losing the War on Terror. 
The cover simply identifies the author as "Anonymous," but he's 
already been widely identified in the American media as Michael 
Scheuer, a senior terrorism analyst for the CIA. 
It is unprecedented that a serving CIA officer was allowed to publish 
a book, one that is clearly a dramatic rebuke to the neoconservatives 
who drove the U.S. into two wars. 
Scheuer's work is a goldmine of information and brilliant analysis. It 
breaks taboos and sweeps away the clouds of lies about al-Qaida, Iraq 
and Afghanistan. He says U.S. leaders refuse to accept the obvious -- 
"we are fighting a worldwide Islamic insurgency -- not criminality or 
terrorism." 
The U.S. has made only "a modest dent in enemy forces." 
None of bin Laden's reasons for waging war on the U.S., writes 
Scheuer, "have anything to do with our freedom, liberty, and democracy 
(as President George Bush claims), but everything to do with U.S. 
policies and actions in the Muslim world," notably unlimited support 
for Israel's repression of the Palestinians and the destruction of 
Iraq. 
"For cheap, easily accessible oil, Washington and the West have 
supported Muslim tyrannies (Osama) bin Laden and other Islamists seek 
to destroy," Scheuer writes. "The war has the potential to last beyond 
our children's lifetimes and be fought mostly on U.S. soil." 
A Coup for bin Laden 
Bin Laden, argues Scheuer, is widely viewed by much of the Muslim 
world, infuriated by American actions in the Mideast, as neither a 
terrorist or madman but as a skilled warrior, the sole Muslim leader 
standing up to predatory western powers. 
Ironically U.S. and British military intervention in Afghanistan and 
Iraq "are completing the radicalization of the Islamic world," a prime 
bin Laden goal. 
Bush's misbegotten invasion of Iraq was "icing on bin Laden's cake." 
The threat today facing America "is the defensive jihad (holy 
struggle), an Islamic military reaction triggered by an attack by 
non-Muslims on the Islamic faith, on Muslims, on Muslim territory." 
Muslims are increasingly fighting back. 
The Muslim world believes it is under total attack led by Bush -- a 
massive effort to crush all who oppose U.S. domination, destroy 
Islam's inherent political role, eliminate Muslim charities, impose 
western values on the Islamic world and maintain puppet rulers -- 
"spreading democracy" in Bush's lexicon. Terrorism is merely the 
tactics of the poor fighting the rich. 
The Ultimate Taboo 
"U.S. military operations in the Muslim world," he adds, "validate bin 
Laden's contention the U.S. is attacking Islam and supports any 
country willing to kill or persecute Muslims." 
Scheuer, breaking the ultimate taboo, observes of Washington's 
"one-way alliance" with Israel that "Israelis have succeeded in lacing 
tight the ropes binding the American Gulliver to the ... Jewish state 
and its policies." 
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are lost causes, Scheuer concludes. 
The U.S. is totally unable to create legitimate governments in either 
chaotic nation, only puppet regimes, supported by American bayonets. 
If the U.S. stays, it will bleed endlessly; if it retreats, it faces 
political disaster. 
Washington, he charges, has no strategy and is merely "winging it." 
In one of his most acute insights, Scheuer explains the U.S. cannot, 
for all of its riches, buy its way to victory in Afghanistan or Iraq. 
"Honour is still the currency of value in the Middle East, more so 
than goods and services." 
Blood-links trump all other affiliations or loyalties. 
Honour is why the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden to the U.S., 
a man they regarded as their guest and a war hero, and why he has 
still not been betrayed in spite of a $25-million US reward in a 
nation where the annual income is $147. 
At least there is one person in Washington who understands the 
violence surrounding us -- and has the courage and patriotism to tell 
Americans the truth: Their own arrogance and ignorance are driving 
them into a no-win war against 1.3 billion Muslims. 
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