Recent reports that Al-Qaeda militants have taken over parts of Iraq serve as a stark reminder that the United States has for decades played a crucial role in both directly and indirectly aiding in the spread of terrorists around the Middle East and North Africa as a Machiavellian tool of neo-colonialism. There’s a very good reason why Al-Qaeda now controls more territory in the Arab world than ever before.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that Al-Qaeda militants under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had captured parts of Ramadi and were already ensconced in the center of the city of Fallujah.
The re-emergence of Al-Qaeda in Iraq emphasizes how the United States’ near nine year occupation of the country, during which hundreds of thousands of Iraqis along with thousands of U.S. troops were killed, was a colossal failure.
However, the mere presence of Al-Qaeda insurgents in Iraq is once again being used as a justification by the Pentagon for sending American soldiers back into the meat-grinder, underscoring how the terror group has repeatedly served as a convenient casus belli for military expansion.