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Islamic terrorism: who’s to blame?

By Gwynne Dyer      

One side trots out the weary old trope that the terrorists simply 'hate our values,' and other side claims that it’s really the fault of Western governments for sending their troops into Muslim countries.

Osama bin Laden, pictured in 1997, the founder of al-Qaeda, was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. On May 2, 2011, he was shot and killed in a covert operation by the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the CIA's SAD/SOG, on the orders of U.S. president Barack Obama. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikipedia

LONDON, ENGLAND—It happens after every major terrorist attack by Islamist terrorists in a Western country: the familiar debate about who is really to blame for this phenomenon. One side trots out the weary old trope that the terrorists simply “hate our values,” and other side claims that it’s really the fault of Western governments for sending their troops into Muslim countries.

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