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So what is driving Muslims to commit such acts?
In a word - blowback!
Whilst Americans are taught and thus believe their country is a force for good in the world, many in the world believe the opposite. The 2013 WIN/Gallup poll (Worldwide Independent Network of Gallup International) is the only comprehensive international poll available publicly asking the cardinal question of which country is "posing the greatest threat to peace" in the world. The US was cited as the number one threat.
The researcher James Lucas' research documents more than 20 million lives lost resulting from US led wars, military coups and intelligence operations in the post-WW II era. The loss of life in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Libya was not included in his study. His study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars. The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos.
When considering America's roles in flaming civil and international conflicts and wars, and the consequential issue of refugees, the consequences are staggering. Even by the roughest estimates, tens of millions are refugees from US led and backed invasions and wars, further tens of millions have been killed, injured and displaced.
All of this inflames public opinion in the region and with elites supported by succeeding US administrations, most see the only way forward as political change.
Others resort to violence in response to violence.
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