US stance 'making terrorism more likely'
Most Americans think that the US administration’s aggressive military pursuit of the war on terrorism has made further terrorist attacks more rather than less likely, according to polls released before Thursday’s second anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks. Sixty-four per cent of respondents said that the US military presence in the Middle East increased the likelihood of terrorism, 77 per cent thought that there were widespread negative feelings towards the US in the Islamic world that enhanced terrorist recruiting, and 54 per cent thought that the US had been too assertive in its foreign policies. In addition, 81 per cent thought a key lesson of September 11 was that the US needed to work more closely with other countries to fight terrorism, up from 61 per cent in a similar poll more than a year ago. The findings were part of a comprehensive survey of US foreign policy attitudes released on Tuesday by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (Pipa) at the University of Maryland. Full Story