This is an important analysis of the sources of the terrorist threat to the West. Steinberg, a German analyst, presents a perspective very different from that held by most Americans. His basic argument is that the recent focus of Islamist terrorists on U.S. and European targets -- rather than, say, Saudi Arabian and Egyptian ones -- is a response to Western overreaction to 9/11. The idea of a global struggle waged against the “far enemy” was a minority view within jihadist movements until the United States launched its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. One piece of evidence Steinberg points to is that in Europe, most jihadist attacks have targeted countries that participated in those U.S.-led wars, such as Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. This well-documented alternative view is widely held in Europe and deserves serious attention in the United States, as well.
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