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Osama Bin Laden's greatest recruiting tool is sitting in the White House right now, sending your children and friends to Iraq to die, while his cronies count the money they are making, and his two military-age daughters are out partying and getting pardoned for possession and drinking and driving.
quoted from concluding remarks of Seekerof's link
The American government calls upon these figures to declare the Global War on Terrorism a success. The decline in the number of attacks surely is, among other factors, a result of international cooperation since September 11th. The figures, however, point to a structural decline in the number of terrorist attacks over the medium long period. The explanation, suggested by the US government, is thus unsatisfactory, for it was only in the last two years and a half that international cooperation was really stepped up In addition, one can argue that a decline in the number of attacks due to intense international cooperation has been neutralised at least partly by the ongoing war in Iraq, as it probably has given the recruitment of Islamist terrorists a new momentum. To sum up, when looking terrorism from 1977 until 2003, we can conclude that terrorism as a political tool has diminished gradually but in a sustained manner. Without the war in Iraq, the number of attacks would more than likely be at an even lower level.