Although Annan has lost what little authority, moral or otherwise, that he once had, still, his words reflect the bizarre conviction of many that America has actually caused Islamic terrorism by her actions aimed at resisting Islamic terror. From AlJazeera.net:
UN chief Kofi Annan says Iraq has become what he calls an even greater terrorist centre than Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, as attacks attributed to al-Qaida’s wing surges in Baghdad and the west of the country.
Annan told the BBC on Monday that many young Muslims feel angry and that situation has been exacerbated by what is happening in Iraq.
“They feel victimised in their own society; they feel victimised in the West. And they feel there’s profiling against them,” he said. “And the Iraqi situation has not helped matters.”
Annan added: “One used to be worried about Afghanistan being the centre of terrorist activities. My sense is that Iraq has become a major problem and in fact is worse than Afghanistan.”
The interview with the UN secretary-general was broadcast after al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for a daring daylight assault against the Interior Ministry in Baghdad, killing two policemen…