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War on terror needs more humanitarian efforts

It is time we heed what America’s military leaders are telling us about the war on terror. Pentagon officials involved in writing the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently released counterterrorism strategy have acknowledged that “the American military’s efforts to aid [2004] tsunami victims in Indonesia and to assist victims of Pakistan’s [2005] earthquake did more to counter terrorist ideology than any attack mission.” Indeed, according to the Navy’s commanding officer, Admiral Michael Mullen, the change of Muslim public opinion as a result of American aid is nothing less than “one of the defining moments of this new century.” Admiral Mullen concluded: “Shame on us if, even through benign neglect, we allow those same opinions to turn against our best intentions again.” Full Story

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