Ideology Has No Borders: Why We Need a Containment-Plus Strategy for the Islamic State
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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On September 11, 2001 I was on my third month of active duty. I was working at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Almost any American can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing on that day. I remember seeing the footage of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center, then the second, followed by a third hitting the Pentagon. I knew that something was terribly wrong and that my life as a military member, and as an American, was about to drastically change. The United States became determined to find the enemy that caused such a catastrophe. That enemy turned out to be the Islamic extremist, Osama bin Laden and his followers. Once the U.S. had someone or something to blame, a phenomenon that we may not have even known was taking place, began to turn the Islamic religion into the perceived enemy.
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