Yeah, a big part of it is in that report.
The bigger is time. Make no mistake, this is and will be a military war, insults notwithstanding. The U.S. is responding to military action with military action.
And a lot of non-violent Arabs don’t like it. Part of the reason is we haven’t done a good job talking about it, as the report covers.
An additional factor, frankly, is nationalism – persons in mostly Arab countries are not specially immune from the nationalism that affects the rest of the world, and some of them correctly perceive that their government could be next. As regards that, tough shit. If a government supports terrorism, it might indeed be the next target.
So what’s the role of time? A big, big part of the radicalization is because of a not-wholly-undeserved distrust of American motives. As Afghanistan takes its place as a nation, as elections happen in Iraq and the U.S. troops leave, as real democracies flouish these places and economies develop, feelings will ebb.
In order to do that, of course, the U.S. has to follow through on both its promises – to eliminate governments which support terror and to leave the populaces formerly subject to those governments in a better place than they were before we removed them.
You can help. Call your congressman today and tell him that the conferrees should remove the loan provisions from the Iraq reconstruction package. Yeah, we know about the pressure to get other countries to forgive loans. Not a bad motive – but let’s us go first this one time.