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Blaming America

The anti-American litany on Iraq and US support for Israel does not bear close scrutiny. Nor does it help explain Islamic world grievances

By Lawrence Freedman   December 2001

A fraudulent account of American foreign policy has been gaining momentum throughout the 1990s and has now acquired unwarranted credibility. Those who propound it do not (in most cases) condone the attacks on New York and Washington. They do claim that America?s support for injustice and oppression explains the motives of the terrorists and the support for their actions in the third world. This explanation is usually connected to a litany of US misbehaviour which alleges: uncritical military and financial backing for Israel; responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, thanks to a savage sanctions regime; and…

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