TIME Forum: Jihad Central

U.S. occupation of Iraq has made it a magnet for terrorism. Has this increased global terrorism or made it more easy to defeat?

MICAH HALPERN Terrorism expert and author of What You Need to Know About: Terror

Terrorists don't just wake up one morning and decide to hate the United States. The only thing that really happened in Iraq is that we brought the target closer to them--there are Americans walking around there right now. It's not that the war generated terror, it just provided an easier target. All these other people who normally would not have had the opportunity to strike out against American targets now have them close by. Iraq has become a magnet. But these are people with divergent opinions about...

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