Juan Cole’s overview of the background to the “War on Terror” is an excellent summary of the rise of al-Qaeda and the complicity of the American Right, (and its short and has lots of pictures!). His bitter leftie take on evangelical and conservative actions stings for me but, well, the facts are on his side… It’s a fair cop. He concludes, with heavy irony:
9:18 am on October 1, 2005 Email Stephen W. Carson
The American Right, having created the Mujahideen and having mightily contributed to the creation of al-Qaeda, abruptly announced that there was something deeply wrong with Islam, that it kept producing terrorists.