How 9/11 and the “war on terror” tore the Arab world apart

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Rami G Khouri

“The 9/11 attacks and subsequent U.S.-led ‘Global War on Terror’ have massively degraded life conditions for most people across the Arab region, in almost every dimension of life, society, and governance. The attacks and GWOT did not emerge from a vacuum, however, or mark a new stage in regional or world history. The destructive cycle of human suffering and state fragility they spurred should be seen more accurately as peak moments in a much longer historical trajectory — one defined by rickety Arab states and increasingly suffering citizens, within a world of endless militaristic imperialism and colonialism.” (09/09/21)