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    It is self-evident that anger with Western policies in the Middle East is one – though not the only - factor behind Islamist terrorism./1

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    Much of what angers them is also a ‘decadent’ Western way of life which explains targeting concert halls./2

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    Also the Islamists are not always angered by the same things that we think might anger them. /3

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    Al Qaeda, for example, was in part a response to the garrisoning of US troops in Saudi Arabia after the 1991 Gulf War /4

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    Islamists demand the elimination of Israel not a sensible two state solution /5

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    Sadat was killed by as an Islamist, as Rabin was killed by a Jewish extremist, for making peace./6

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    They are often hostile to the presence of not only Jews but also Christians in Muslim countries, as well as those they consider apostates./7

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    They also often assume a far more significant western role behind those many things they dislike than is in fact the case./8

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    Much West got wrong in the past (Iraq) and still gets wrong. There are big current issues with regard to Syria, Saudi, Yemen and Egypt./9

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    It is important to challenge and criticise. But this should be done in terms of how we see the national interest and wise policy. 10

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    It is self-defeating to try to work out our responses to these challenges in terms of whether or not it will ease the risk of terrorism./11

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