What the U.S. needs to realise is that it is the Frankenstein’s monster that begot the spectre of ‘Islamic terrorism’ (May 3). During the Iraq war, a U.S. citizen, Alex Molnar, father of a 21-year-old Marine, wrote an open letter to President Bush: “Where were you, Mr. President, when Iraq was killing its own people with poison gas? Why, until the recent crisis, was it business as usual with Saddam Hussein, the man you now call a Hitler?”

Robert Bowman, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, wrote even before 9/11: “We are not hated because we practise democracy, value freedom, or uphold human rights. We are hated because our government denies these things to people in Third World countries … That hatred we have sown has come back to haunt us in the form of terrorism …”

C. V. Sukumaran,


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