Before 9/11 state support for al-Qaeda was arguably non-existent, there was no real state-supported terrorist infrastructure beside the Afghani’s role in propping of local Taliban groups . Regardless of this, the Middle East has seen state sovereignty pushed aside by American interests, and western governments support authoritarian and anti-democratic states that abuse human rights but claim an alliance with the West in the war on Terror. This irony cannot be lost to someone who sees the West claim that their actions are inspired by the desire to propagate freedom, but then commit the atrocities found in Abu Ghraib and across the region. The dominant argument now seems to be that the West is not serving the interests of the Middle Eastern people, but rather trying to su...
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