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It is a commonplace of the western media that the war in Iraq will create more Islamist radicals, but is there any evidence?

By Robin Banerji   May 2003

Since Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt, every western incursion in the middle east has generated waves of fury. While Arabs and Muslims see Iraq attacked and its people killed, many will feel that-in the words of the Egyptian journalist, Hani Shukrallah-“we are all Iraqis now.”

In the first three weeks of the war, the British media was full of dire warnings about the radicalisation effect that the conflict would have on Arabs and Muslims-especially in the event of a long US occupation. But it is not clear that, following this war, Arabs will turn in any greater numbers to physically attacking…

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