4,914. 4/5/2003

“Given that international law requires an occupying force to protect the civilian population, something that the U.S. has clearly failed to do, it is understandable that growing segments of Iraqi society have come to hate America.” According to a New York Times article on April 5, 2003: “This hatred, emphasizes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, is the best recruiting tool for the insurgent forces and for creating more Osama bin Ladens. The result is a seemingly endless downward spiral. The more the occupation creates hatred, the more recruits are drawn to the insurgency, and the more the insurgency grows, the more the United States increases its bombing and bloodshed, which ends up killing mostly civilians and driving more and more angry Iraqis and other Muslims into the insurgency.”

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Page 403

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