IT WAS fascinating to read Renny McPherson’s analysis of the businesslike practices of Al Qaeda in Iraq (“Inside Al Qaeda’s hard drives,’’ Ideas, July 17). However, I was left with the insight that it was the US invasion and subsequent toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime that was primarily responsible for the creation of this “criminal syndicate or mafia’’ in the first place.
McPherson showed that this was an organization founded by a Jordanian thug looking for a new gang and a new territory to terrorize. By putting the members of Hussein’s forces out of work, we provided the gang, and by creating havoc in the country we laid the groundwork for Al Qaeda in Iraq to gain a foothold.
This is just one more example of why we need to overhaul our policy in the region. Beyond the huge waste of billions of dollars of our money for misguided ends, we continue to prove that we are our own worst enemy. How long will our hubris in thinking we hold the answers to the world’s problems keep the people of other countries from solving them on their own terms? How long will it blind us to the need to solve our own?