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The War in Iraq fueled domestic terrorist in Britain, agree?

LONDON – The war in Iraq led to a loss of focus on the threat from al-Qaida, emboldened the group's leader Osama bin Laden, and helped to breed a generation of homegrown terrorists, Britain's former domestic spy chief told an inquiry Tuesday.

Making the sharpest criticism so far aired in Britain's inquiry into mistakes made in the Iraq war, Eliza Manningham-Buller, director of the MI5 agency between 2002 and 2007, said Britain's government paid little attention to warnings that the war would fuel domestic terrorism.

Manningham-Buller also said Iraq had posed little threat before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, and insisted there was no evidence of a link between former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:42 PM on Jul. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The fact that there was no link between 9/11 and Iraq and we went there.....

    The fact that you just get your info from the opinions of left wingers is sad. Read some REAL info on the reasoning behind going to Iraq. PLEASE.
    Answer by Carpy at 8:10 PM on Jul. 20, 2010
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    Have you read Alex Jones, the right-winger, and HIS conspiracy theories?
    The so-called "Lefties" don't think there is a conspiracy. Get your theories straight.

    Answer by gertie41 at 10:17 AM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • No. If anything the Iraq War sent a message that the US was going to fight they chose a country that generally doesn't fight least on the same scale as the US!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:51 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • I disagree. Same with homegrown terrorists in Canada. Canada isn't even in Iraq and we have them here too. Terrorists don't need the war in Iraq to fuel hatred and violence (although they'll use it given the opportunity) - they use our way of life as fuel.

    Answer by Bezu at 4:09 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • We create terrorists just by existing Sweet. I remember when the Toronto 18 were arrested for planning bombings here and their wives saying Canada deserves it because we're a "filthy country," Canadian gays should be rounded up and sent to Saudi where they know how to deal with sickos, that Allah should crush the Jews and make their children orphans, that Canada's laws don't matter because they're not the laws of Allah, and that they HATE Canada (not enough to leave, just enough to kill us). The kind of person who is an extremist terrorist doesn't need any encouragement.   They're way to out there to think with logic.

    Here's a link since I know someone will ask, lol.


    Answer by Bezu at 4:46 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • Agree with Lori.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 4:12 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • Agree with Bezu. My sister and alot of her friends seem to think that if we just explain to them why we love our way of life that's going to make them not want to kill us anymore when it's that way of life that makes them hate us in the first place.

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 4:18 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • We're creating them by living Sweet. Just the fact that we draw breath makes their blood boil so what are we supposed to do about that? Stop living?

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 4:33 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • What was their reason before the war?

    Answer by Carpy at 6:39 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • Honestly, if the war wasn't "making it worse" something else would. Someone might draw a cartoon, or name a teddy bear.

    I don't agree with the war, didn't at the beginning, and was glad Canada declined to go. But I'm not about to pretend it's the main reason there are terrorists.

    Answer by Bezu at 7:14 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • No I don't agree. Each and every human on the planet is responsible for their own actions. They aren't allowed to 'blame' what they do on mommy/daddy/the baby sitter/the mean loan officer at the bank/their boss/ad nauseum. I think that blaming an entire country might be the dumbest excuse I've ever heard.

    If you don't like your life, get off your keester and do something to change it ~ instead of blowing up and changing the lives of others. If you really just can't live without exploding please go out in the middle of a big field to do it (and get some friends to bring sponges to sop up the remains instead of wasting the time of good EMS personnel who could be saving the lives of normal people who don't long to explode).

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 7:44 PM on Jul. 20, 2010