Terrorism & U.S. Foreign Policy
To hear Washington tell it, terrorism happens in a vacuum. “They” attack us because of our freedoms, because our way of life is just so much better. The explanation and remedy sound rather like an indulgent father, “They hate us because we’re beautiful. Now you don’t worry, just go shopping and we’ll bomb the evil doers.” Information not carried in the mainstream media paints a different picture. According to a State Department report issued before September 11th, U.S. involvement overseas increases the chances of terrorist attacks. Could Washington’s foreign policy and the Bush administration’s march toward full spectrum dominance have anything to do with the resentment toward the U.S.?
Bill Christison joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1950 as an analyst. He worked on Soviet affairs and nuclear proliferation. In the 1970s, he was a principal adviser to the CIA director for Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. His final position was director of the agency’s Office of Regional and Political Analysis. He met his wife Kathy, who also worked for the CIA, during a tour in Saigon in the 1970s. Together they made multiple trips to the Middle East and wrote books on Palestine. He died in June 2010.
Kathy Christison worked for the CIA as a political analyst, dealing first with Vietnam and then with the Middle East. Since leaving the CIA, she writes and lectures. She is a regular contributor to CounterPunch. She is the author of The Wound of Dispossession, Perceptions of Palestine, and co-author of Palestine in Pieces.