Jihad: Theirs and Ours
Now in its fifth year, how is “mission accomplished” in Iraq going? The National Intelligence Estimate says, “The Iraq conflict has become the ’cause celebre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement.” A newly released study “Iraq Effect” reports the war on Iraq has increased terrorism seven fold worldwide. The great leaders in Washington, the jihadis of empire, seem oblivious to the consequences of their monstrous actions. They still mumble words like “victory” and “success” while escalating troop levels. And for Iraqis? Rivers of blood. Interview by David Barsamian.
Tariq Ali, an internationally renowned writer and activist, was born in Lahore, Pakistan. For many years he has been based in London where he is an editor of New Left Review. A charismatic speaker, he is in great demand all over the world. In his spare time, he is a filmmaker, playwright, and novelist. He is the author of many books including The Clash of Fundamentalisms, Pirates of the Caribbean, Speaking of Empire & Resistance with David Barsamian, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, The Obama Syndrome, The Extreme Centre and The Forty-Year War in Afghanistan: A Chronicle Foretold.