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Peninsula On-line, Qatar / US foreign policy spurs terrorism: US professor

 4/25/2007 3:7:26
Source ::: The Peninsula
Mark L Gillem

doha The misadventures of US foreign policy and its continuing colonial possession were instrumental in the spurt of terrorist attacks in the Middle East, said Mark L Gillem, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon.

He was speaking to The Peninsula, on the sidelines of ongoing 'Doha Forum for Democracy, Development and Free Trade', yesterday.

"The US has an appetite for foreign land. It seems they are looking for a piece of land to sleep for their soldiers these days. They forget the fact that land use is very important in political equations", Gillem said.

The US should rethink on using the alien lands. In fact, the tension in the Middle East was escalated after it setting up a Base in Saudi Arabia. It is significant that the region and the US witnessed the maximum number of terrorist attacks soon after it made the base in Saudi Arabia, he said.

Gillem said the US has its presence in 75 per cent of the world. Of the 192 Nations, it has its presence in 143 countries. "Not only in Iraq, we need to recognise their presence in all the countries including in GCC nations. In South Korea, the most pressing concern of the people is not crime, pollution but the land being occupied by the US force. Italy recently witnessed over 87,000 people taking out to streets to protest against the US presence in their home country.

Gillem who wanted the US to reopen its land use pattern added." Of late, the US has identified 12 additional points beyond the conflict area in Iraq. It is also significant that the US has recently announced its decision to expand its bases in several countries, including in Qatar", he said.

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