May 6th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

Fareed's Take: U.S. has made war on terror a war without end

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

Whatever you thought of President Obama's recent speech on Afghanistan, it is now increasingly clear that the United States is winding down its massive military commitments to the two wars of the last decade.

We are out of Iraq and we will soon be largely out of Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is dead, and al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self. Threats remain but these are being handled using special forces and intelligence. So, finally, after a decade, we seem to be right-sizing the threat from terrorist groups.

Or are we?

While we will leave the battlefields of the greater Middle East, we are firmly committed to the war on terror at home. What do I mean by that? Well, look at the expansion of federal bureaucracies to tackle this war.

Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has created or reconfigured at least 263 organizations to tackle some aspect of the war on terror. Thirty-three new building complexes have been built for the intelligence bureaucracies alone, occupying 17 million square feet – the equivalent of 22 U.S. Capitols or three Pentagons. The largest bureaucracy after the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs is now the Department of Homeland Security, which has a workforce of 230,000 people.

The rise of this national security state has entailed a vast expansion in the government's powers that now touch every aspect of American life, even when seemingly unrelated to terrorism. Some 30,000 people, for example, are now employed exclusively to listen in on phone conversations and other communications within the United States.

In the past, the U.S. government has built up for wars, assumed emergency authority and sometimes abused that power, yet always demobilized after the war. But this is, of course, a war without end.

So we continue to stand in absurd airport lines. We continue to turn down the visa applications of hundreds of thousands of tourists, businessmen, artists and performers who simply want to visit America and spend money here, and become ambassadors of good will for this country. We continue to treat even those visitors who arrive with visas as hostile aliens - checking, searching and deporting people at will. We continue to place new procedures and rules to monitor everything that comes in and out of the country, making doing business in America less attractive and more burdensome than in most Western countries.

We don't look like people who have won a war. We look like scared, fearful, losers.

soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. deniz boro

    Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) takes a long time to alleviate. Sometimes it never does as is in the case of Jews. No matter how strong a barricade is the unconscious fear of people will not be cured. USA was the first country to recognise and study PTSD on her war veterans. Off course measures must be globally taken against terrorists. But the sufferers must also be concidered. What I wander is if a globally accepted definition of terrorism has been set?

    May 6, 2012 at 10:07 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Arab immigrant women are vulnerable to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of gender, higher probability of being exposed to war-related violence, traditional cultural values, and immigration stressors. A valid and reliable screen is needed to assess the incidence of PTSD in this population. This study evaluated the reliability and validity of an Arabic language version of the symptom items in the Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale (PDS) in a sample of Arab immigrant women (n = 453). Reliability was supported by Cronbach’s alpha values for the Arabic language version (0.93) and its subscales (0.77-0.91). Results of group comparisons supported validity: Among women who had lived in a refugee camp and had emigrated from Iraq – a country where exposure to war and torture is common - those who were exhibiting depressive symptoms (CES-D score above 16) or who reported moderate-to-severe impairment in functioning had significantly higher mean PDS total and symptom subscale scores than women who had not had these experiences or were not exhibiting depressive symptoms. Scores on the PDS and its subscales were also positively correlated with the Profile of Mood States (POMS) depression and anxiety subscales and negatively correlated with the POMS vigor subscale.

      May 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • deniz boro

        The first time this PTSD name was given was after the Vietnam war veterans were studied for the diagnostics.

        May 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
      • JAL

        Patrick, you dont respect others, so why would you assume anyone is going to read what your long post?

        May 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • JAL

        Patrick, why did the Arabs create a different version?

        May 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
      • Patrick

        re·spect/riˈspekt/Noun: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
        Verb: Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
        Synonyms: noun. regard – esteem – reverence – deference – consideration
        verb. honour – honor – esteem – regard – venerate – revere

        May 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
      • JAL

        In debates, learn from your counterpart first. That is the only way you will win the really tough debates. I think you are very intelligent, but try to be cool to others, because that is where the learning starts.

        May 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
      • Ryan

        Patrick, that was boring and meaningless. Also, you seem to talk like you are talking to colleagues that only know your vocabulary. Dumb it down for me and get to the point.

        May 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • Patrick

        Just f ing around by countering the BS statement made by Deniz who, apparantly, is a female from Turkey.
        The test result show that arab women are possibily in a culture where any stress will damage the individual psyche permanently. So, what you have is damaged or easily damaged individuals raising a larger than normal amount of children.
        What has to be discovered is what part of their culture is creating the problem.
        Please note that we did not choose this battle, Deniz, the so-called female, started it.

        May 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Howard

      What no one seems to understand is that the government has a vested interest in maintaining the "Terrorism is a Threat" message. A population that lives in fear is a population that can be more easily controlled.

      May 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • rrock

        A lot of companies and people make a lot of money from this paranoia. Lets face it, you are in much more danger crossing the street than from a terrorist attack. Bin Laden was successful in getting us to ruin our economy by chasing shadows.

        May 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Lorenzo

        Well said...fear mongering is the best way to win lots of things....and imagine..with thousands of people working on harrasing their own....then the government is sure to run in debt or not..?? Nothing constructive boost the economy..except for the few crook few industrialists ..Americans are sleeping and will ruin themselves with all the money gone and nothing to pay or build the country anymore...they will become the beggars of China / India and who knows what other countries. The same happened to USSR..' BANKRUPT !! The great Mr.Bush and Chenny and their friends are reaping the reward...and poor Obama has to deal with the curse.

        May 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • Megan Grawe

        rrock; Bin Laden had nothing to do with Clintons .com bubble bust or his fanni and freddi housing bubble that helped ruin the economy! The 2 most expensive congresses (11Oth and 111th) in US. history was totally controlled by the Democrats who spent us out of existence on social programs and Obama outspent eight years and 2 wars of GW. Bush's in the first 19 months of his presidency persueing a health care bill that nobody wants instead of trying to fix the economy! ...look it up at this .com site,"federalbudget"!

        May 8, 2012 at 2:02 am |
      • gager

        Howard, maybe you live in fear but most of us don't. We are vigilant. And by the way, the war on terrorism is a war that should be fought to the end.

        May 8, 2012 at 6:25 am |
      • sam stone

        Well, they learned from the drug war

        May 8, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • JeramieH

        Gager: What exactly is the "end" to a war on terror?

        May 8, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • jim

      It's better to keep a "floating" definition of terrorism. That way we can spontaneously define it to cover whatever event or enemy pops up. It's much more "politically" useful.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • deniz boro

      Just a reminder Patrick "...The test result show that arab women are possibily in a culture where any stress will damage the individual psyche permanently. So, what you have is damaged or easily damaged individuals raising a larger than normal amount of children.
      What has to be discovered is what part of their culture is creating the problem.
      Please note that we did not choose this battle, Deniz, the so-called female, started it..."
      This is the time I chose to answer you Patrick. Unlike the couregious Arab girl who risked death for education, I am a Turkish girl. Turks mostly have different genetic roots than Arabs. And Turkish women are not under the same conditions as some Middle East regions. Please refer to a world map to see the difference. To assist you: A map is a kind of picture showing that the world is actually round. However, I was probably brought up in a much better and protected society than you (assumed from your general conduct) and was actually educated in an American Collage called Robert College which was founded in 1863 and is generally accepted to be the rank 1 highschool in Turkey. The fact that I know what PTSD is because of GENERAL CALTURE which you may lack in your immediate surroundings. However, I guess my msg on PTSD still got through.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  2. Jim

    Re your May 6 blog post. Absolutely spot on, Fareed. Couldn't agree more.
    The War on Terror has resulted in massive restrictions on our personal freedoms and, as you state, the creation of a massive bureaucracy to monitor and curtail our personal freedoms of movement and expression. I cannot believe the change in our country since 9-11. And we continue to elect the people who are doing this to us.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Tim S

      Who do you elect? Both parties are equally guilty.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • Ned Wicker

        I agree what can really be done?

        May 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • AngryAmerican


        May 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • reasonableone

        What makes you think there are only 2 parties? That's what they want you to think. Americans vote for who they think will win rather than for who they want to win. That's what keeps the Republicrats and Demoblicans in power: so-called "electability." It's not a game and it's not a gamble (at least it shouldn't be); it's an election and your life and freedom may depend on it.

        May 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • Zack F

        Donate to and vote for Ron Paul or 3rd party.

        May 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
      • Megan Grawe

        You can blame Clinton for not taking care of Bin Laden when he blew up the world trade center the first time and dumped his mess in Bush's lap! Obama broke his campaign promise of ending the Iraq, Afghan wars immediately and actually started 2 new ones in Libya and Pakistan! Now our goofy president is trying to take all of the credit for getting Bin Laden, which is rediculous! Sorry, ...can't vote for the Dims on that one either!

        May 8, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • 100% ETHIO STRONGER!

      Allow me to bend your Mind, to the other side, then it will be straight.
      Mind you, if it is not up to the highly cost, tirelessly, very well organized and very loyal American loyal Citizens, who monitored the movements of all people in US and around the World in 24/7 base without giving the window of terrorist opportunity (the one you want), our gang enemies around the World could destroyed US within Minutes.

      Now, you can't even noticed and realized, how much your Freedom costs US.
      If you want know the difference, go to Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria to see yourself.

      BTW, those who hate our 24/7 surveillances are US enemies, who have planned to attack US. Are you...?

      May 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • Rasputin

        Dear lord, you sound like something right out of Orwell's 1984, complete with wildly inappropriate and excessive use of capitalization.

        We Have Always Been at War with Eastasia!

        May 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • AngryAmerican

        How much does the government pay you to spread this?

        May 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • Patrick

        AngryAmerican err Abdul, how much does your imam pay you to spread the B S you spread around every single day?

        May 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
      • Patrick

        Qaeda Plot to Attack Plane Foiled, U.S. Officials SayBy SCOTT SHANE and ERIC SCHMITT
        Published: May 7, 2012
        WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency, working closely with foreign partners, thwarted a plot by the branch of Al Qaeda in Yemen to smuggle an experimental bomb aboard an airliner bound for the United States, intelligence officials said on Monday.
        The intelligence services detected the scheme as it took shape in mid-April, officials said, and the explosive device was seized in the Middle East outside Yemen about a week ago before it could be deployed.
        It appeared that Qaeda leaders had dispatched a suicide bomber from Yemen with instructions to board a flight to the United States with the device under his clothes, but that he had been stopped before reaching an airport.

        May 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Mac Qurashi

      Our political system is such that once an agency is created it takes on life of its own. The contractors have lobbyists and they can buy Congressmen and other officials. As long as that contiues the War on Terror will parallel the War on Drugs. We are prevented to tackle the root causes of a problem. Instead, FBI and other Homeland Security agencies keep producing 'terrorists' by encouraging disgruntled Muslim citizens to make statements that could be suspects. Mr. Zacharia is correct. War on Terrorism will continue to enlarge and survailance of our citizens will continue to grow. A side benefit of all this pleases NRA as more States are making laws favoring the gun sales. Why any foreigner would want to come here when in some states he or she could be shot by an eager neighborhood watch volunteer.

      May 7, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • SouthernCelt

      You want airplanes crashing into your house, or your wife and children blown up for going to the store? That happens all the time in the rest of the world. Welcome to the 21st Century. Grow up and take some personal responsibility for your own safety, it won't get any easier.

      May 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
      • amazed inthe USA

        Really? All the time... in the rest of the world...?
        Me thinks perhaps you watch too much FOX News. The attacks of 911 could have been prevented by a reasonable amount of awareness and communication among the agencies that existed at the time. There is no need for Big Brother- the threat of terrorism is the excuse, not the reason.

        Those who would give up their liberties for security deserve neither.

        May 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • Alan S

        To SouthernCelt: I think you make a good point. To Amazed: most of us are as unwilling as you are to give up liberties in the name of security, but we recognize the value of security nonetheless. I don't see that walking through a metal detector before I get on an airliner involves the sacrifice of any liberties. Frankly, I'm delighted that someone is screening passengers, in an effort to prevent more armed hijackings. Could the screening process be better? Yes, it could be done better. But does the fact that it is not the best possible process mean it is of no value? No, it doesn't.

        I have to go through the same security program when I walk in my county courthouse to get a printout of my property tax payments, or when I walk in the Federal building to apply for a passport. Loss of liberty? No, I don't think so.

        May 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • Suzanne Robinson

        Do you really believe there are airplanes crashing into buildings and people being otherwise blown up all the time in the entire world outside the US? Surely you don't. I am an American living in Europe, and I can tell you that I feel perfectly safe. The 4th Amendment, which ostensibly protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures, has been eviscerated by the federal government during their "war on terror." I find that pretty frightening.

        May 8, 2012 at 9:16 am |
      • Reality

        You stupid people won't care about the 40000 getting killed in Mexico because of drug wars, 40000 killed every in USA because of firearms, but you would care more about the 10 people die because of some internal conflicts in other countries, how pathetic.

        May 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Celedor

      I am from Canada. I try to avoid travelling through or visiting the U.S. Not because I've done anything wrong or have anything to fear, but because all the security measures make it a huge pain in the a**. I usually travel to Europe once a year but this year was toying with the idea instead of making several smaller trips to the U.S. due to personal budget and time. I may just do my vacationing in Canada instead. It's a lot easier.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
      • 100% ETHIO STRONGER!

        If I am not mistaken, you must be one of the Jewish Thug who has tinted innocents Blood on hand. You can't hide in Canada forever. Whatever you did secretly, will happened to you secretly. NO WAY OUT!!

        May 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • deniz boro

      Let^s settle on mediocre cultural E-volution.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  3. Chris Hambrook

    Hi Fareed,
    do you have any plans to interview either Frank McKenna (Deputy Chair of T-D Bank "and" Former Ambassador for Canada to the U.S.) and/or Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of Canada).
    In a world of failed financial systems in which a lot of the world has lost confidence, Canada has remained strong, stable and a shing example to the rest of the world.
    Thank you Fareed,

    May 6, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • 100% ETHIO STRONGER!

      Sir, with respect to your questions, that may help also for some..., but not for all. I disagree with your Theoretical approach that has no meaning Practically. For you, destroying the lives of Non-Jewish in Canada is a better motive and healthy economy. How about if you see it in reverse way? Ahhha, you will cry forever. Just the Jewish are living comfortably and watched other good Christian Ethiopian-Canadians being Culturally and Morally destroyed by Jewish Tugs, doesn't mean Canada's economy is better and it is a good place to live.

      I seen Jewish people, attacking the Minority without realizing their past is their priority.
      However, they NEVER ADMITTED and THEY ALWAYS DENIED what they did against Christian Ethiopian-Canadians. I believe, the way you see Nazie against Jewish, we see you as more Nazzies.
      We witnessed.

      May 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
      • rick

        "looney tunes" has moved to canada? exactly how and when have the small number of jews in canada discriminated against the miniscule number of canadian ethiopian christians? Coo Coo!

        May 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  4. james davidson

    Fareed's take is right on. I live mostly in Colombia. Practically all whom I know that go to the embassy in Bogota are rejected. They just want to go to Disney or spend a couple of weeks touring. They have jobs and family here. There is no reason why they can't be allowed to go the legal route whilst others go the illegal way and gender a lot of sympathy for doing so. It is unfair and, frankly, arrogant of our government to be so high handed. So what, if a small percent of visitors oversatay their welcome?
    Americans overstay in Colombia but the door is still open to all who want to come here.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
  5. T P ONeill

    Bravo! "War without end" and protection without sense or bounds will not stop until the American people accept some personal risk, pay the costs associated with war, and cease expecting government bureaucrats to completely guarantee their safety. Until some degree of risk and fear is accepted as normal in the new world we are the losers and the terrorists are the winners. The terrorists have succeeded in taking what we needed to protect the most–they changed the way we live in America. Time to turn it around.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Jim

      Very well said!

      May 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  6. j. von hettlingen

    The "war on terror" which Bush II started some 10 years ago was a huge error, a serious error of judgement and a squandering of $ one trillion. Yes the core of the Al Qaeda is crippling but its affiliates are expanding.Today the world is not safer. The Taliban is still lurking round the corner in AfPak region. There are Al Qeada in the Arabian Peninsula and in the Islamic Maghreb, Al Shabaab in the Horn of Africa and the Boko Haram in Nigeria etc.

    May 6, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • rick

      but not too much here. that's what counts.

      May 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  7. Kuato Lives

    All the terrorists had to do was attack us once, then let us destroy ourselves with fear. Al Qaeda is winning this war.

    May 6, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • joev

      Spot-on. I said that on Sept. 12 2001, and feel like a freakin' Nostradamus for uttering it.

      May 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • rick

      only in your mind [ and joe's mind] . i feel that we are finally getting a handle on who our enemies rally are, especially the insidious ones like you and "joe"

      May 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      People like Rick like to bury their heads in the sand while waving the flag wildly.
      If you;re not with us you're against us right?

      You and Joe are correct.

      May 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Alan S

      Kuato: Are we destroying ourselves with fear? Seems like that might be a bit of an overstatement.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Megan Grawe

      Kuato Lives; The terrorists have attacked us many times! How soon we've forgotten the marine barracks in Beruit during the 1970"s or that the world trade center was attacked in 1993 under the Clinton administration, who did nothing to stop Bin Laden and eventually dumped the problem on Bush (911)! ...your point is without merit!

      May 8, 2012 at 2:23 am | Reply
  8. Muin

    I think daily show's Jason Jones created a segment in the daily show last week what would Bush run as an ad if he were to kill laden. Bush's whole reelection campaign was based on fear. Besides, conservatives commentators, anchors also plays with fear. There is a whole fear industry which is conservative media and security airport. Some of these conservative pundits will have career because they're never ever slightly anitsemitic like political hack sanchez and olberman.

    May 6, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  9. deniz boro

    On 11th sept when someone called me to say "open up CNN-INT" I thought it was a joke. USA looked invinciple and if such a terror could be done to USA we were all gone for. Only physical measures would not be enough to stop these acts. Religious feelings are so easy to play on. And there are still so many groups to play on these feelings. Maybe a global education on religions as well as a global tighter control on financial transactions can be a step forward.A control on not SOME countries but all of them. By the way Fareed there is a book with a similar name:"World Wihout Name" by Ken Follett

    May 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  10. deniz boro

    UUPS that was a Freudian slip.. I ment World Without End.

    May 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  11. right

    This is true.

    US is losing money because people who should have gone to the US and splurge go somewhere else because entering the US – the process – is never pleasant anymore. You will be greeted with the assumption that you are there to commit fraud, felony or terrorism unless you prove otherwise.

    Many people don't like that idea.

    May 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Gary Dee, Portland, Oregon

      I read in the FT a couple of years ago that the heightened security has a price tag of $1 Billion a day unrealized in the American economy. Over three years, that's over a trillion dollars. It's not hard to see that kind of drag is a contributor to the slowness of recovery from the Great Recession which officially ended midway 2009.

      May 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • rick

      too bad, stay home. support our efforts and you will be welcome. unlikely french, british, german etc. citizens feel put upon by our efforts of self preservation

      May 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  12. Anonymous

    To Edward Conard, the author of Unintended Consequences...

    I DO agree with you...IF we lived in a truly utopian society and Land of Oz, then YES, the 1% from the top will trickle down to the bottom eventually and hopefully, the bottom will return that investment over a long period of time back to the top...
    STOP DELUDING YOURSELF! Now, there is no patience for waiting...THEY WANT THEIR ROI NOW and THEY WILL RIG the system and the markets to get it NOW and I hope you included that little dirty chapter in your book!

    May 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  13. deniz boro

    In the middle ages most of the civilized or known world was under the grasp of rats which carried out a vermin causing the "BLACK DEATH" . Almost 1/3rd of the wold population died as a result. It started what get to be known as the dark ages. At those ages people were not aware of micropes or viruses. They blamed everyone they can think of for this disester.

    May 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  14. leftyaaron

    GPS with Fareed Zakaria is the best and most insightful show on CNN ... easily. Other CNN shows would do well to sell less of the sensationalism of fear, so that in part, Americans could stop catering so much to this dark aspect of our beings. Keep up the great work, Fareed, and keep expanding American's thought process to consider the world outside our borders and more deeply within.

    May 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  15. George Patton

    This so-called "War on Terrorism" is no more, no less that a war for Anglo-French-American expansionism into Central Asia and the Middle East and the reason that there is no end in sight is because too many people in these countries simply do not want Western rule!!! This goes to show just how greedy the right-wing thugs in Washington are!!!

    May 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • Scott B

      I haven't seen the left wing do anything to change our course.

      May 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  16. Woody Pfister

    We can reduce the security state be banning Muslim immigation and returning all Muslim resident aliens to their homelands.


    May 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Kuato Lives

      Better yet, we could just deport ignorant fear-mongers such as yourself.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Well said, Kuato Lives. These bozoes like the one above are the biggest problem this country faces. This bozo above probaly never got past the 5th grade in school!!!

        May 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
      • Woody Pfister

        The Islamafacists will come for the leftists first. Do you really want this country to follow the path of Eurabia?

        May 7, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • Tim S

      You are the problem Fareed refers to.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      I respect that statement.

      May 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • ✠ RZ ✠

      "I am sorry these people had to lose their lives. But that's the nature of the beast. It's understood going in what the human toll will be.

      If there is a hell, then I'll be in good company with a lot of fighter pilots who also had to bomb innocents to win the war.

      I knew I wanted this before it happened. I knew my objective was state-assisted suicide and when it happens, it's in your face."

      Tim McVeigh

      May 7, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        Here are some of OBL most famous quotes:
        "America has been hit by Allah at its most vulnerable point, destroying, thank God, its most prestigious buildings."
        – October 7, 2001, after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
        "Acquiring weapons for the defense of Muslims is a religious duty... If I seek to acquire these weapons, I am carrying out a duty."
        – December 1998, when asked by an interviewer for Time magazine whether he had acquired chemical or nuclear weapons.
        "The war is between us and the Jews. Any country that steps into the same trench as the Jews has only itself to blame."

        May 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  17. Tim S

    Why wont my posts show up?

    May 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • SciGuy73

      The IQ filter, I suspect.

      May 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      Probably, HLS censors it.

      May 8, 2012 at 4:14 am | Reply
  18. .

    The war on terror can never end until every last Islamofascist with dreams of killing Americans has been wiped off the face of the earth.

    In Zakaria's home county, the Islamo crazies would saw his head off, dump his body in a ditch, and post the video on the Islamo Crazy You Tube Network.

    May 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      I regard that statement with much esteem.

      May 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Justin Church

      If the process of killing an "Islamo-Fascist" involves collateral damage (ie dead civilians), and if collateral damage from American bombs causes anti-American anger, then I guess eventually we'll just have to kill everyone. But hey at least then we can be truly safe. One thing to think about is how you would react to a foreign power taking military action in America that results in civilian casualties, by remote control no less. Who would you sympathize with, the Americans who were saying that we had to rise up and defend our homeland from hostile outsiders, or the foreign power that was daily murdering your countrymen? My point is our war on terror is a gift to the true Islamo-fascists, because it makes their recruiting much easier.

      May 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
      • rick

        what an absurd position: the shoe bomber, underwear bomber, subway bomber, child murderer, church bombers, acid throwers, well poisoners, rocket launchers, marine barracks bombers, cole ship bombers, arab killers in sudan and most of all, shia killing sunnis and sunnis killing shia are the fault of the US war on terror!! hookah run out of real tobacco?

        May 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • George Patton

        Very well put, Justin. Unfortunately, most Americans just don't get it or just don't care!!! Remember what happened in Baghdad, Iraq on Feb.13,1991? I do!

        May 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Oodoodanoo

      Zakaria's home country is the US, since he's a US citizen. If you meant "where brown people are", he's originally from India. No, that doesn't happen there.

      May 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • Margaret

      You are your own worst enemy. You have nothing to fear but yourself and your own kin.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        (2) Keeping silent:

        The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “If any of you becomes angry, let him keep silent.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad, al-Musnad, 1/329; see also Sahih al-Jaami‘, 693, 4027)

        This is because in most cases, the angry person loses self control and could utter words of kufr (from which we seek refuge with Allah), or curses, or the word of divorce (talaaq) which would destroy his home, or words of slander which would bring him the enmity and hatred of others. So, in short, keeping silent is the solution which helps one to avoid all that.

        May 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  19. ZennReiki

    Reblogged this on AFC USA Report.

    May 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  20. alicia del carmen

    love your show Fareed... but, are you advocating an Open Border policy? I do not like that idea.

    May 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Open border = no way

      May 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Your statement is worthy of reverence.

      May 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Scott B

      There's a big difference from putting things in place to ensure those entering the border are authorized and monitoring every communication that occurs.

      May 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  21. Peter

    It amazing. European and Asian nations think of America as paranoid and frightened adolescents who don't know what to do and invariably do the wrong thing. Why not spend billions in blood and money when you find out that some primitives overseas don't like you. The US has lost more soldiers since 9/11 than died on that day. The country is killing more of its people than the enemy is, not to mention turning its citizenry into potential enemies.

    May 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • rick

      another less than insightful analysis from a muslim apologist who dpesn't want his buddies droned

      May 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
      • Margaret

        Another very dubious comment by a war monger who has unquenchable blood lust.
        Hey, you have more in common with Al Queda than us sane peacefull Americans.

        May 8, 2012 at 8:37 am |
      • Patrick

        margaret, habibji, read on...
        (3) Not moving:
        The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “If any of you becomes angry and he is standing, let him sit down, so his anger will go away; if it does not go away, let him lie down.”
        The narrator of this hadeeth is Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him), and there is a story connected to his telling of it: he was taking his camels to drink at a trough that he owned, when some other people came along and said (to one another), “Who can compete with Abu Dharr (in bringing animals to drink) and make his hair stand on end?” A man said, “I can,” so he brought his animals and competed with Abu Dharr, with the result that the trough was broken. (i.e., Abu Dharr was expecting help in watering his camels, but instead the man misbehaved and caused the trough to be broken). Abu Dharr was standing, so he sat down, then he laid down. Someone asked him, “O Abu Dharr, why did you sit down then lie down?” He said: “The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: . . .” and quoted the hadeeth. (The hadeeth and this story may be found in Musnad Ahmad, 5/152; see also Sahih al-Jaami‘, no. 694).
        According to another report, Abu Dharr was watering his animals at the trough, when another man made him angry, so he sat down . . . (Fayd al-Qadeer, al-Manaawi, 1/408)

        May 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Megan Grawe

      Peter; There have been more people killed on the U.S.-Mexican border/Drug war than in all of the wars we've been in during the 21st century(2000-2012). The Mexican gov't is reporting in excess of 30,000 on their side alone!'ve stated a non fact that you can't prove!

      May 8, 2012 at 2:31 am | Reply
    • blucorsair

      We've killed more Al Kaeda combatants than what died in the world trade center and in Iraq and Afghanistan combined and that's not counting the Taliban either!

      May 8, 2012 at 2:35 am | Reply
  22. deniz boro

    " find out that some primitives overseas don't like you" NO COMMENT.

    May 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      but, habibi, you DID comment.

      May 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
      • deniz boro

        Your "HABIBI" happens to be a Turkish female. That means besides being isolated of the world you also do not read the discussion you comment on.

        May 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Patrick

        I apologize habibji.
        It was hard to tell.

        May 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • Patrick

        You know, the part about you being female instead of male.

        May 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm |


    May 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • AngryAmerican


      May 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        You spout that ca ca daily; therefore, you know it!

        May 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  24. ✠ RZ ✠

    In order to help counter terrorism and related activities, all nations, all authorities, and all people must strictly enforce and adhere to a policy of zero tolerance. Yes, this might be easier said than done, and no, it can never eliminate terrorism entirely. But without such cooperation, the alternatives can often result in collateral damage or retaliation from other fear and war mongering countries. Even of you happen to be Iceland !

    May 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  25. 100% ETHIO STRONGER!


    May 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • Travis

      You seem to forget that back on Feb.13,1991, two U.S. pilots in an F-117 bomber flew over Baghdad and dropped one or two deadly bombs on the Amriya air raid shelter and slaughtered more than 414 civilians, mostly women, children and elderly people who only wished to survive the Gulf war. Yet to this day, no one has ever been held accountable for that atrocity and that is utterly repulsive!

      May 7, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
      • Marine5484

        Thank you, Travis. I couldn't agree more! I too well remember that atrocity in Iraq, Somrthing else the right-wing news media never talks about!

        May 7, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • rick

        war is hell. things happen that are truly regrettable. if this occurred it is regrettable. an atrocity? not hardly, cutting off a journalists head on live video is an atrocity

        May 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  26. ✠ RZ ✠

    "I am sorry these people had to lose their lives. But that's the nature of the beast. It's understood going in what the human toll will be.

    If there is a hell, then I'll be in good company with a lot of fighter pilots who also had to bomb innocents to win the war.

    I knew I wanted this before it happened. I knew my objective was state-assisted suicide and when it happens, it's in your face."

    Timothy McVeigh

    May 7, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Dear Brothers,
      We need guidance from you on the issue of using chlorine gas technology.
      osama bin laden

      May 7, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
  27. S.V.P.YADAV

    Respected, Fareed zakaria Garu, WAR on terrorists, Dialogue is good, but how it possible, reasons need to world community, Because, U S is tring to introduce INDIA, RUSSIA in this issue. Regarding this issue CHINA will be in neutral. In my verdict, U S not having much of budget,already U S having financial crices. In this situation U S will fight against Terrorists–is hit to sky.

    May 7, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
  28. Quasi-neutrum

    Probably the U.S needs a new agenda: stop with this imperialistical behavior and saving countries, because of interests and resources like crude oil. Probably the US should develop a kind of human rights list and spend energies and efforts not in wars and weapons, but in preventing and saving nature, people and places. There are so many things the world is in the need of: concepts, solutions and strategies. The war on terror polarized the world and augmented security all over the world. People are afraid. When G. Bush talked about 'evil" and ment Osama bin Laden and war on terrorists, he rose an icon: a devil in person! Probably it takes time, to get rid off such nonsens! (But with Tea party and many republicans the US will never do!)

    May 7, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • Yakobi

      Our enemies love your naivete. It strengthens their resolve to defeat us.

      May 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • rick

        its a good thing that our enemies underestimate the resolve of the US in never capitulating to coo coos. I like our ability to be resolute far more than our enemies ability

        May 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
      • Margaret

        For Yakobi and Rick, you are the enemy of the American people. Stupid reactionaries with no other thought than brutal midevil war tactics. Killing, revenge and domination is your one trick pony. You are truly a throwback to the caveman. Until the most evolved of us humans rise and shout out you thugs the world will stay in turmoil.

        May 8, 2012 at 8:48 am |
      • Patrick

        Margaret, do not go apoplectic on us:
        Read what your allah says:
        Among the benefits of this advice given by the Prophet (saws) is the fact that it prevents the angry person from going out of control, because he could strike out and injure someone, or even kill – as we will find out shortly – or he could destroy possessions and so on. Sitting down makes it less likely that he will become overexcited, and lying down makes it even less likely that he will do something crazy or harmful. Al-‘Allaamah al-Khattaabi, may Allah have mercy on him, said in his commentary on Aboo Daawood: “One who is standing is in a position to strike and destroy, while the one who is sitting is less likely to do that, and the one who is lying down can do neither. It is possible that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told the angry person to sit down or lie down so that he would not do something that he would later regret. And Allah knows best.”(Sunan Abee Daawood, with Ma‘aalim al-Sunan, 5/141)

        May 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
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